In “Helicopter Mom,” Lloyd Cooper’s mother signs him up for the “National Out Gay Student Scholarship,” even though he isn’t sure about his sexuality.
Though representation of LGBT characters in TV and film is on the rise, we still have a long way to go. While we’re seeing more gay and trans* characters in the media, it’s harder to find characters who represent the more nuanced identities in the queer spectrum—like genderqueer or demisexual. Though it might be awhile before we see an androgynous asexual on ABC Family, an upcoming film could help raise awareness of questioning and queer identities.
“Helicopter Mom” is an indie comedy about an overprotective mom, Maggie, who outs her son, Lloyd, as gay to get him a scholarship for college. The catch? Lloyd might not be gay.
Maggie does some pretty questionable things in order to ensure Lloyd is still eligible for the “National Out Gay Student Scholarship”—like creating a fake online dating profile to set him up with another guy—but it’s well-intentioned
Despite his mom’s efforts, it appears Lloyd actually falls for a girl. But even then, he’s still unsure of his sexuality.
“I hate everybody trying to put a label on me,” a frustrated Lloyd shouts in the trailer. “I have no idea if I’m gay or straight!”
It may have taken a problematic scenario, but the trailer gets across an important message—that people can be attracted to both guys and girls, or even be unsure who they’re attracted to. That’s an important thing to keep in mind, especially in a society that stigmatizes bisexual identities.
The trailer walks the line between funny and offensive, but we’ll wait to judge it until we see the entire movie. But even if the movie turns out to be a less-than-perfect portrayal of queer identities, having more representation of queer and questioning youth is definitely a step in the right direction.
What do you think? Check out the trailer below and let us know!