Make the Yuletide Gay

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Make the Yuletide Gay
Make the yuletide gay theatrical poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byRob Williams
Written byRob Williams
Produced byRodney Johnson
Matthew Montgomery
Rob Williams
CinematographyIan McGlocklin
Edited byDenise Howard
Music byAustin Wintory
Guest House Films
Distributed byTLA Releasing
Release date
  • May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17) (Canada)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

Make the Yuletide Gay is a 2009 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Rob Williams about a gay college student who is out at school, but is afraid to reveal his sexual orientation to his parents.[1] 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 song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.


  • Keith Jordan as Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson: 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 façade.
  • Adamo Ruggiero as Nathan Stanford: Nathan, an openly gay college student from a wealthy family on the Upper East Side, 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: 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: Anya is Gunn's jovial, happy-go-lucky mother. She grew up in Wisconsin and is a housewife.
  • Derek Long as Sven Gunnunderson: 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: 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: 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

Home media release[edit]

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

Book and sequel[edit]

In 2017 Rob Williams published the book based on the film, Make The Yuletide Gay: The Novel ISBN 978-1548715595. Now, with this novel, fans can learn more about the Gunnunderson, Stanford and Mancuso families, gain more insight into Gunn’s journey over that fateful holiday week, and even find out what happens afterwards. Included in this book is a new short story When Olaf Met Nathan, which details the first meeting between the two college freshmen, randomly assigned as roommates but destined to become much more.

In 2018 he released a (not yet filmed) sequel Make The Yuletide Gay 2: The Novel ISBN 978-1987529661. Years have passed since the fateful Christmas dinner when Gunn came out to his wacky yet loving parents. Gunn and Nathan have maintained a long-term, long-distance relationship due to Nathan's career choices and Gunn's graduate education. Now that they’re living in the same city and both teaching at the same college where Gunn's father Sven works, Gunn and Nathan are planning a Christmas wedding! Unfortunately, not everything is going as planned...

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