In regards to Harvey Fierstein's comment, I feel torn. I see where he is coming from when he says that he would rather have negative than nothing, because at least they are not being totally ignored, but at the same time I don't feel that negativity is the best option either. If the GLBT culture is depicted in movies as flamboyant and fairy-like, then what about all the other GLBT people who do not identify that way? I feel that it is a mis-representation in media and society today. So, although the queer cinema is getting larger and broader in some aspects, there were points in watching the Celluloid closet when I thought to myself, when are we going to get over homophobia and move on!
I also think that although the queer cinema has come a long way since 1920, it in some way has transformed. When gays were first depicted in film it was always when humor was used, and the flamboyant gay man was at the but of the joke. They were often portrayed as doomed and somehow less than their heterosexual counterparts. This makes me angry because why does it always have to be funny to be gay? it doesnt!
I think about Modern Family, which is a very popular show. when this show came out I remember thinking to myself, its about time they get up with the times and have a show that doesnt have just a mom, dad and kids. It is not fair to the GLBT community to have all people in tv portrayed as heterosexual married couples. Because heaven forbid a gay couple want a kid.
In all, queer cinema still has a long way to go.