There are moments where London can be proud of its diversity. This is just one of them.
The London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - the annual feast of the best gay cinema - is shortly upon us. This year's gathering in the capital will be the 22nd time it has been held in London, and each year it seems to attract more films and popularity. Our sizable gay community and London's film and cultural cognoscenti throng to the movie theatres to such an extent that most performances sell-out speedily.
The festival will run from 27 March-10 April, and they're squeezing in a hefty 241 films (including shorts). The full programme is already up at http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/film_programme.
Highlights in the programme include an exploration of Islamophobia and Homophobia ('Jihad for Love'), a sexy young London rom-com ('Love and Other Disasters'), Angelina Maccarone's take on female sexuality ('Vivere') and the story of an inter-sex teenager ('XXY').
Every year it always gets tougher to get tickets before they sell out, so book early - and it may well be worth signing up to BFI roundabout now, as tickets are released to BFI members before anyone else.
'Hoorah for the gays' is what we say. Pass the popcorn - oh, and the feather-boa too. Ta.
Image of Bell & Howell 16mm Projector Model 613H (1952) taken from innoxiuss's Flickr stream