Hot Bits, the annual DIY queer erotic film and arts festival, is branching out for its second year. Designed to celebrate erotic indie soft and hardcore short films by queer, trans and POC filmmakers and performers, the festival is setting up shop and hosting screenings March 23-24 in Philadelphia, and then taking it on the road for viewings March 31-April 1 in Baltimore. 

Of the hundreds of movies featuring gay teenagers, only a few dozen feature out gay high-schoolers. The upbeat romantic comedy-drama “Love, Simon,” which opens in area theaters March 16, is a mainstream American gay-teen film. It takes a very conventional approach to telling a closeted youth’s coming-out story — and that is not a bad thing.

When Philadelphia thespian Frank X tackles the dual roles of Stephano (the gregarious boozy butler of King Alonso) and Gonzalo (that same king’s honest optimistic adviser) in Lantern Theater Company’s newest iteration of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” the out actor focuses on what he has long done best: clarity.

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