I feel that in a lot of ways this movie was very positive for the queer community. It brought light to the issue of queer violence a lot more than other films have done in the past. It shows just how brutal people can be. When you look at the scene where Ennis is brought with his brother to see what was done to the one known homosexual of the town, you hear this brutal story of the death of this poor man, and his only crime was living with the man he loved. Then there's the scene where you hear of Jack's death, and how a tire exploded while he was filling it with air on the side of the road. That story is complete nonsense, and when they show him getting beaten, it's obvious what really happened. I feel that this is so important to show because we hear about the bullying and abuse that many people go through, but rarely see how far it can really go.
There's also the idea of hiding your true self in order to protect yourself, and your family. That's another very important theme that makes this movie extremely queer. These men obviously were in love, and Jack seemed to accept it and wanted to live together, but Ennis was far from acceptance. This movie is a journey of self discovery and acceptance, and unfortunately for Ennis it seems it comes too late. It seemed as though Jack already accepted he was gay and there was no way around it, but he was in love with Ennis, and if they weren't going to have a relationship, he figured there was no point in outing himself to the world.
I feel that these are two very important issues, and the fact that the movie isn't just showing a happy-go-lucky gay family where everything is perfect and they're falling into this heteronormative white picket fence model makes this movie extremely queer. So what if they're trying to mask their sexuality. That's what so many homosexuals go through. Many even go to further extremes to rid themselves of their heterosexuality and I feel like that's something it could definitely benefit from because it would bring another queer element to it that also is left out of these cookie cutter "GLBT" movies.