By Emma Davis
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Any Day Now

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Issue 383

Although Any Day Now takes place in Brooklyn in the 1970s, the issues of LGBT and disabled people’s oppression that it raises are as relevant today as they were then. On the back of the LGBT movement of the late 1960s, the film grapples with the contradictions of a society torn between the bigotry of the past and new movements for liberation.

Based on a true story, Any Day Now follows the relationship between professional drag queen Rudy and Paul, a lawyer from the City. On meeting, it is clear they share a deep connection. Then Rudy’s neighbour, who is drug dependent, abandons her son, Marco, who has Down’s syndrome, and is left helpless in the apartment.

After finding Marco, Rudy immediately takes him in and contacts Paul for legal help. Marco is then recovered by social services. In social care, Marco is left unattended and escapes to walk the streets.

The film follows Rudy and Paul as they apply to adopt Marco. They are forced to hide their relationship in order to win custody. The family they build is one based on love and acceptance. However, their happiness comes to a shocking halt when Rudy’s and Paul’s relationship is exposed.

Marco is forcibly removed by social services but the fathers fight with everything they’ve got to win the legal battle for the boy.

But the court ultimately rules against them, with the judge saying that “despite the exceptional love and care Marco has received, this court cannot overlook the potentially damaging effect of having parents of the same sex.”

Any Day Now tells the story of three people, oppressed and rejected by society, who find solace in their relationship. Their relationship is seen as a threat to the status quo and they are torn apart.

When Marco is removed from his parents, there is only a weak welfare state to look after him. This film is as much about LGBT oppression as it is about how the lack of a strong welfare state pushes disabled people to the margins of society.

It is especially relevant today, as the Tories slash the welfare state to shreds. Unbelievably, in the US, less than half of the country’s states allow LGBT adoption today.

Socialists should celebrate the making of Any Day Now as it makes an argument against bigotry and for LGBT liberation that is directly relevant to the fight we face today.

Any Day Now, director Travis Fine, is out nationwide from 6 September.

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