Drew Droege’s ‘Bright Colors’ Sheds Light on Diversity

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Outfest has kicked it up a notch with a diverse lineup of films this year, which includes the premiere of “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” from comedian-writer-director Drew Droege.

Droege wrote the script for the stage and successfully toured it in Los Angeles and New York before BroadwayHD brought it to the screen. The film, directed David Horn, offers a unique and stylish look at diversity in the queer community. 

The director of the stage version of the show, Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), also attended the Outfest screening, held at the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Gerry (Droege) is a highly opinionated, flamboyant and talkative gay man, who arrives in Palm Springs to attend a gay couple’s wedding.

However, unlike his colorful character, the couple have noted on the invitations that guests should avoid wearing bright colors or bold patterns to the wedding. Disgruntled, Gerry rants and goes on tirades about gays being forced to adapt to politics of respectability in a heteronormative society.

But unlike some films, Droege does not use typical and cliché punchlines to get cheap laughs from the audience. In fact, the script is very dense and intelligent, without being intellectual. Although Gerry is pretentious and sometimes judgmental, Droege’s humanity and modesty is evident between the lines.

The film played to a full-house at the DGA, in its largest theater, and had the audience laughing the entire time.                                  

Outfest runs through Sunday, July 22, in numerous theater around Los Angeles. For more information about the festival, films, schedule, tickets and how to support the organization, visit



Vic Gerami is an award-winning journalist and editor & publisher of The Blunt Post. Gerami is also the host and co-producer of the national headline news & politics program, THE BLUNT POST with VIC on KPFK 90.7 FM (Pacifica Network). The Wall Street Journal featured Gerami as a “leading gay activist” in its landmark 2008 coverage of opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot measure that for years denied same-sex couples in California the freedom to marry. In addition to his years of volunteer work as a leading advocate for marriage equality, Gerami served as a Planning Committee member for the historic Resist March in 2017. In 2015, Gerami was referenced in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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