Arts & Culture

Despite the increasing visibility of LGBT athletes in recent years, a new documentary shows how and why it’s still an uphill battle for openly gay figures in professional sports.

“Alone in the Game,” which premiered on AT&T’s Audience Network June 28, follows a group of LGBTQ athletes from some of the biggest sports franchises, including the NFL, NBA and NCAA, to explore the struggles and hard choices they face from the professional level all the way down to high-school sports. The subjects share their personal stories of trying to compete as openly gay athletes or living as closeted players in fear of what coming out would do to their careers.

The statistics are sobering. In the U.S., suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death. LGBTQ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. Forty percent of transgender adults report a suicide attempt. More than 90 percent of them attempted suicide before the age of 25. The recent high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have brought the topic back  into focus but a number of dedicated organizations has been battling the problem for decades.

COMEDY IN THE ‘CROSS’-HAIRS: Grammy Award-nominated comedian, actor and writer David Cross brings his “Oh Come On” Tour, with his unapologetic and biting brand of comedy, 8 p.m. June 23 at The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen St. For more information or tickets, call 215-309-0150.

 

One of the most delightful aspects of “Hearts Beat Loud,” a sweet and heartwarming drama, is the casual nature with which the screenplay deals with the lesbianism of the story’s female lead.

“Hearts Beat Loud,” opening June 15 at the Landmark Ritz Five, is a genial father-daughter film buoyed by out actor Kiersey Clemons’ ingratiating performance. While her father Frank (Nick Offerman) has decided to close down his record store in New York City’s Red Hook, Sam (Clemons) is studying pre-med before attending college in UCLA in the fall. Both are still grieving the death of Sam’s mother.

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