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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Transgender People

Transgender People

The Aggressives
"Features intimate interviews with 6 transgendered lesbians (5 African American, 1 Asian) living in New York City who define themselves as 'aggressives.' They exhibit masculine appearances and behaviors, but do not aspire to be men. Shows their daily lives and their participation in the underground lesbian 'ball' scene, where cross-dressers compete for trophies."

Almost Myself: Reflections on Mending and Transcending Gender
"After finding a most unusual web site that was seeking funds to help reverse a sex change, award-winning filmmaker Tom Murray set out on a fascinating cross country journey to explore just a small part of the vastly diverse transgender community. The filmmaker, in trying to define the film and what he learned in making it, said that it could be described as 'Transgender 101 by and for a non-transgender person.'..."

Becoming Me: The Gender Within
"What ultimately determines a person's gender? Is it chromosomes, hormones, genitals, or an innate sense of self? In this Tell-Award winning program, five transgendered individuals between the ages of 20 and 50 speak openly about what it has meant to them to be transgendered--their first experiences of gender confusion, life after coming out, family responses, and more ..."

Bombay Eunuch
"A group of hijras (transgenders or 'third sex') is followed in Bombay. Meena, the leader of the group, discusses their situation in India."

Boy I Am: A Documentary
"Follows the transitions of Nicco, Norie and Keegan, three young New Yorkers from different race and class backgrounds, as they prepare for and undergo female to male transition surgery. Their stories are interspersed with interviews with lesbians, activists and theorists who engage with the often-contentious questions and issues that are raised within the queer and feminist communities but are rarely discussed openly."

Call Me Malcolm
"A documentary feature about a transgender man's struggle with faith, love and gender identity.."

Deep Run
"A powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex-partner, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans-man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences."

The Gender Puzzle
"Science is identifying new biological processes that determine a person's sex. How will these findings affect the transgender and transsexual community? This program explores the latest research into gender development and the medical, cultural, and legal issues at the heart of the 'brain sex' school of thought. Showing how human genome research has shifted scientific focus away from chromosomes, the video examines the role of brain receptors and the discovery of the SRY protein, which establishes maleness. Interviews featuring people with intersex and transsexual experiences shed light on how gender identity emerges, and how it figured into one man's legal battle for the right to marry."

Georgie Girl
"Profiles Georgina Beyer, Maori transsexual, former sex-worker and cabaret performer, and New Zealand Member of Parliament. Raises questions about her largely white, naturally conservative rural electorate and national politics. Follows the bi-cultural trajectory of Georgina's life from farm to nightclub to government."

Girl Inside
"Follows Madison B. during her three-year transition from male to female. Focuses especially on Madison's relationship with her grandmother, with whom she discusses issues of gender, femininity and sexuality."

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story
"Former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected has a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield."

Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She
"Sensitively explores the controversial subject of the blurring of gender as well as the serious social and family problems--even dangers--often faced by those whose gender may fall somewhere in between male and female."

No Dumb Questions
"The program follows three sisters, ages 6, 9, and 11, as they struggle to understand why and how Uncle Bill is becoming Aunt Barbara."

Prodigal Sons
"Returning home to Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed (previously the school quarterback and now a transgender woman) hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations (including a connection to Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth), intense sibling rivalries, and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that force them to face challenges no one could imagine."

Self-Made Man
At a crucial turning point in his life, Tony Ferriaolo's inner voice said, 'Create yourself.' This credo once saved his life and now serves as a guiding principle as he educates gender non-conforming youth, as well as their parents. The film interweaves the poignant story of Ferraiolo's personal transition with his life work as a transgender youth advocate. We watch Tony guide kids as young as eight through the confusing journey of defining themselves when challenged by a physical appearance that conflicts with their gender identity. At this time of quickening in transgender awareness, younger and younger kids are declaring their gender identities, and families are struggling to adjust. Ferrialo has helped them as an endearing and inspiring guiding light for whole families to move forward together with love, empowerment, and compassion."

Southern Comfort
"Toccoa, Georgia. Robert Eads is a 52-year-old wise-cracking cowboy who was born female and transitioned into living as a man after bearing two sons. Fifteen years later, he has fallen in love with Lola Cola, a vivacious and magnetic woman who was born male. Together they are coping with Robert's terminal case of ovarian cancer."

Switch: A Community in Transition
"This documentary explores the impact of a gender transition not on the individual going through transition, but on the surrounding community of family, friends, co-workers and others."

Tales of the Waria
"This film follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, as they search for romance and intimacy. Uncover a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love -- whatever the consequences."

Thy Will Be Done: A Transsexual Woman's Journey Through Family and Faith
"Follows male-to-female transsexual Sara Herwig in her journey to ordination in the Presbyterian Church ... Highlights that point of tension where gender, family relationships and faith intersect." - Container

Trans Generation
"Follows four American college students as they prepare for gender reassignment. The students discuss their lives, their hopes, and setbacks, and deal with varying reactions from family and friends."

Transcending Gender: Portraits from Inside the Movement
"If the challenges and complexities of a transgendered lifestyle are hard for some people to identify with, first-hand accounts of those experiences may be the best means of creating more understanding. This program features real-world portraits of individuals from the transgendered community--men and women describing for the camera what they've gone through and, in other scenes, going about their daily lives. Namoli Brennet, a singer-songwriter, talks about audience perceptions and overcoming barriers through music, while Daan Erikson, a student, reflects on awkward school experiences, compassion from a grandparent, and upcoming sexual reassignment surgery. Transgender activists Pauline Park and Mara Keisling also share their insights."

Transforming Healthcare
" a short training video designed to give healthcare providers the opportunity to understand the needs of the transgender community. The film shows a diversity of transgender people speaking about their experiences accessing medical care with a focus on concrete advice and best practices toward improving the skills of health care providers." - Container

Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin
"Chronicles the lives of 12 courageous people who came to the first-ever public health clinic in the US to offer full primary care to transgender people in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin District. The warm narratives of these pioneering patients turn the harrowing places they have been into a testament of victory and hope."

"A behind-the-scenes look at the first-ever 'World's Most Beautiful Transsexual Pageant.' Explores the intensely private and moving stories of its extraordinary contestants."

"Documentary following Dr. Marci Bowers and two of her patients who are at different stages of undergoing male-to-female sexual reassignments at her practice in Trinidad, Colorado, one of the world's leading centers for gender reassignment surgery. The film shows how this is a delicate transition for everyone involved--the women themselves, their families, and their adopted community, which is still struggling to accept the fact that the economic growth from this new industry is the only thing keeping their town on the map."

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men
"Provides honest and riveting portraits of six men who once were women. Through their commentaries and the experiences of partners, friends, and family emerges an unforgettable story of self-discovery."