Equality California will honor brothers Benjamin and Peter Bratt for their film La Mission, which the lobbying group calls “an honest depiction of life for Latino LGBT youth in the Mission District of San Francisco.”
The Bratts, who’re natives of the city, are to be recognized with the Allies in Media award at EQCA’s 2013 San Francisco Equality Awards gala February 23 at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $350.
Peter Bratt, a San Francisco film commissioner, directed the 2009 movie, which shows a father’s struggles to accept his gay son. Benjamin Bratt, who plays the father, has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Modern Family. The sitcom includes a gay couple.
“Part of my process was talking to a lot of different queers of color, within my family and also within the community,” Peter Bratt told the Bay Area Reporter in a 2010 story about La Mission. “What I found, particularly speaking to young gay men of color, was that when they’re demeaned and sometimes even beaten down, they’re feminized, they’re referred to by derogatory terms for women or women’s body parts. Not only does that speak to the homophobia within the community, but also the misogyny within the community. That combined with the fact that Benjamin and I are both local boys trying to fulfill a dream of making a movie in our own backyard, about our favorite neighborhood in the country, La Mission.”
State Attorney General Kamala Harris is also set to appear at the EQCA gala. Visit the nonprofit’s website for more information.