October is National Coming Out Month and Halloween. For me, and many gay men in their forties and fifties, it is also time to watch the teen-witch and gay male coming-out movie The Craft. When the movie was first released in 1996, I was already very out. I was a full-time LGBT activist getting involved in state and local politics. Nevertheless, I became secretly obsessed with The Craft as one of films that reflected my coming out experiences. It's also a great Halloween film with campy chanting, lots of candles, minimal adults and only symbolic opposite-gendered roles. In 1997, I wore out the first VHS tape of this film, but still told no one.
One night in a gay bar a few years later I randomly heard a leather queen shout "Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East!" and turned to see him with arms up, in full chanting position. I knew only someone who had seen The Craft multiple times would know the chant used by the teen witch...
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