A new documentary by filmmaker Dino Dinco explores the world and follows the lives of Latino gay gang members. The film, titled “Homeboy”, is scheduled to be screened this weekend at the QFilm Festival according to report by the Press-Telegram on September 4.
The QFilm Festival, Long Beach’s longest-running film festival which features narratives, document airs and short films about the LGBT community, will be introducing a micro-culture with the gang culture by screening a film like “Homeboy”, a documentary that will definitely open eyes because it exposes a population of gay culture that Dinco felt was underrepresented.
He felt there were stories that needed to be told and another stereotype that needed to be examined.
This began with two of my friends who have since passed away, who were in gangs,” said Dinco, who had to post fliers in order to get members of gangs to talk to him.
But he did get gay gang members to talk to him about how they not only have to deal with being gay in the Latino culture, but they also have to deal with being gay in a very masculine gang culture which some members admit to turning to as a way to prove they were not gay.
One member, Sergio Romeo, featured in “Homeboy”, said his mother was shocked to find out he was gay and would rather him be an active gang member.
“For her, I was more of a man as a gang member than being gay,” said Romero in the film.
The film then follow the stories of other gang members with similar stories to Romero. Like other gang members, the members featured in the documentary said they join gangs to find a support system, some even follow their older siblings into gangs,but being gay makes acceptance a little harder as Romero confirms.
“It was really hard because it’s not accepted by the gang and as Latinos, it’s not really accepted by our families as a culture.”
But the film “Homeboy” shows that gay gang members like Romero are not alone. It is a real culture out there and filmmaker Dino Dinco have given them a voice.