Representation is important, something that writer-director Ina Espiritu puts front and center in the groundbreaking short film series Homies.
As she explains, “despite the challenges one still faces as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, we prove that we are more than that – we are students, professionals, artists, laborers, partners, parents, children, and friends.” Quirktastic had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Ina Espiritu to talk about the project.
At the same time, I was meeting more people in the DC queer community and feeling inspired by how unapologetic we, as a community, have become in just ‘being.’
It was a slow process, but from outright imagining my characters as white and straight when I first started writing, I now make a conscious effort to only write characters that are queer and people of color.
I think the best thing that the industry could do is hire people of minority groups as creators and team members. Nothing can beat experience and if the goal is to be inclusive, then the industry needs to include.