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Make the Yuletide Gay

Theatrical poster
Directed by Rob Williams
Produced by Rodney Johnson
Matthew Montgomery
Rob Williams
Written by Rob Williams
Starring Keith Jordan
Adamo Ruggiero
Hallee Hirsh
Kelly Keaton
Derek Long
Alison Arngrim
Ian Buchanan
Gates McFadden
Music by Austin Wintory
Cinematography Ian McGlocklin
Editing by Denise Howard
Studio Guest House Films
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date(s) 2009
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Make the Yuletide Gay is a 2009 American romantic comedy film about a gay college student who is "out" at school, but is afraid to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents.[1] The Christmas-themed film was written and directed by Rob Williams. It stars Keith Jordan as Gunn, and Adamo Ruggiero as Gunn's boyfriend and roommate, Nathan. Kelly Keaton and Derek Long star as Anya and Sven, Gunn's parents, while Hallee Hirsh appears as Abby, Gunn's high school girlfriend.

Make the Yuletide Gay premiered at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival on May 17, 2009.[2]

The title of the film comes from a line in the 1944 Judy Garland hit recording, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.



  • Keith Jordan as Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson:[3] Gunn is a college student who is openly gay at school. Back at home, his parents, neighbors, and high school friends think that he is straight. Gunn is afraid that his parents will stop loving him if they find out that he is gay. When he goes home for Christmas, he has to change the way he dresses and his personal mannerisms in order to maintain his heterosexual fa├žade.
  • Adamo Ruggiero as Nathan Stanford:[3] Nathan, also an openly gay college student, is Gunn's boyfriend and dorm roommate. Unlike Gunn, Nathan is completely open about his sexuality, including with his parents.
  • Hallee Hirsh as Abby Mancuso:[3] Abby lives across the street from Gunn, and they had a brief romantic relationship while they were in high school.
  • Kelly Keaton as Anya Gunnunderson:[3] Anya is Gunn's jovial, happy-go-lucky mother. She grew up in Wisconsin and is a homemaker.
  • Derek Long as Sven Gunnunderson:[3] Sven is Gunn's forgetful, pot-smoking father. He grew up in Minnesota and is a professor at the local college.
  • Alison Arngrim as Heather Mancuso:[3] Heather is Abby's mother. Heather and Anya pretend to be friends, but they secretly despise each other.
  • Ian Buchanan as Peter Stanford and Gates McFadden as Martha Stanford:[3] Peter and Martha are Nathan's wealthy, emotionally-detached parents. They decide to go on a cruise, leaving Nathan all alone for Christmas.




Year Festival Award Category
2009 FilmOut San Diego Audience Award Best Narrative Feature
Best Supporting Actress, Kelly Keaton
Best Supporting Actor, Derek Long
2009 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Audience Award Best Feature
2009 Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award Best Men's Feature
2009 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Men's Centerpiece Selection
2009 Philadelphia QFest Festival Favorite
2009 Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Gala Night Film

DVD release

Make the Yuletide Gay was released on DVD on November 10, 2009.[1]

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