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Films: Tip 2

The second list of transgender films with transmen on them (the first one is on all films besides documentaries). If looking for more stuff to watch, check out my other film tips too.

Becoming Chaz (2011)
Documentary following Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono’s gender transition. Includes interviews with family members and friends as the transition is followed.

Boy I Am (2006)
A feature-length documentary that begins to promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City–Nicco, Norie and Keegan–as they go through major junctures in their transitions.

A Boy Named Sue (2000)
Theo is a female-to-male transsexual. This film follows his six-year process of becoming a man. Among those affected by his change is his girlfriend Lisi who has to deal with what this change means to her.

The Brandon Teena Story (1998)
Documenting the tragic tale of a transgender man from rural Nebraska who was murdered after two locals discovered his female origins.

Deep Run (2015)
Cole, a young transgender Christian man, is growing up in rural North Carolina. With his girlfriend, Ashley, he faces significant challenges, including hostile family and church members, and crippling financial burdens.

Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999)
Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. Gendernauts enters a minority sector of San Fransisco culture.

Just Call Me Kade (2002)
The inspiring true story of Kade Farlow Collins 14, FTM transgendered, and living with an incredibly understanding family in Tucson Arizona.

Sexing the Transman (2011)
This intriguing documentary explores the sexuality of transmen and the changes they experience as a result of their gender transitions from female to male. Transmen and their partners divulge the most personal secrets of their sex lives in revealing conversations and intimate interviews. Some erotic scenes are shown.

Southern Comfort (2001)
Documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations.

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (2008)
The stories of six thoughtful, eloquent and diverse transmen. Each man brings a colorful and complex richness as he describes his relationship to himself, as well as others in his life.

TransGeneration (2005)
A look at the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition, two of them FTM and two MTF.

Transparent (2006)
A documentary about 19 female-to-male transsexuals from 14 different states who have given birth and, in most instances, gone on to raise their biological children.

Two Spirits (2009)
Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the ‘nadleeh’, or ‘two-spirit’, who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits.

Venus Boyz (2002)
A film journey through a universe of female masculinity. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives.


“Like most people who watch the documentary, [it was] immediate love at first sight with this couple. The energy and space between them is so potent and vibrant and lovely, and just tender and shy. It’s lovely to see that sort of joyful innocence really, isn’t it, sometimes? I thought, ‘When I grow up, I want to be like this couple.’”

“I think a lot of people are responding to the love story because they are like, ‘Wow, I want that. Whatever they are, whatever that was, please, dear God, let me taste that in my lifetime.’ I think that’s why it resonates.”

–  Ruth Negga on her response to Nancy Buirski’s 2011 documentary “The Loving Story” upon which the feature film “Loving” is based.

Lower photo: Richard Loving greeting his wife with a kiss as he returns from a day’s work to the farmhouse in which they were secretively living in Virginia



“…a 2011 documentary film by Valerio Lopes. It asserts a number of theory-based ideas born around Amilcar Cabral and the independents and human rights movements he led mainly in the 1960’s.
Amílcar Cabral was a Guinea-Bissauan leader, writer, freedom fighter and politician, he was assassinated in 1973.
"Cabralista” reflects the collective memory, how this revolutionary theoretician whose influence reverberated far beyond the African continent is remembered. With never released voice recordings, humanist citations and quotes, timeless footage and cultured visual effects, this film is a unique vision of Africa yesterday and today.
From the first audience granted to an african freedom fighter by the pope Paul VI to Amílcar Cabral in 1970; to his speaking in front of the United Nations security council again as the first defender of African Independence, Cabral’s unique work is remembered in this film by young African and Pan-African scholars filmed in Cape Verde, Libya, Portugal, Guinea Bissau …
” via Youtube link

I just watched a movie on Netflix called “A Girl Like Her,” which is about bullying/tormenting. It is filmed like a documentary and you have to keep reminding yourself that the people in the movie are actors. Truly, it needs to be shown in schools. Also, the 2011 documentary “Bully” is a very solid choice. Shut that bullying bullshit down before it starts.

I’m an emotional wreck right now, but do yourself a favor and check out the movie (or movies). Both highly recommended if you want to be frustrated and shed many tears.


My pal Mady G (great cartoonist who interned for me way back in 2011) is in this documentary about Drag Kinging. Also a dude called ERIC VON FABULOUS is in this documentary, too. I really dig everything Mady does. Their tumblr is here! 


everybody should see this movie.