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Queering Yoga

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Queering Yoga is a feature-length documentary about the Queer and Trans yoga movement for healing, self-acceptance, self-discovery, and empowerment. The documentary explores the intersection of Queer/Trans identities and the burgeoning tradition of yoga. Participants share their stories of personal transformation and healing through yoga. Queer/Trans filmmakers along with Queer and/or Trans yoga teachers are creating a film about our community, by the community and for it.

Dallas Buyers Club

Essential Opinion: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club takes place in 1985, what most historians consider the height of the AIDS hysteria, and centers around Ron Woodroof [Matthew McConaughey], a real life homophobic bigoted cowboy that will unknowingly become an advocate against big pharma in its pursuit for a cure for AIDS. As Woodruff says, “Let me give y’all a little news flash. There ain’t nothin’ out there can kill fuckin’ Ron Woodroof in 30 days.”

The Danish Girl

Essential Opinion: The Danish Girl

Historically, Hirschfeld’s Institute was looted by the Nazis in 1933 and all the records were burned; Warnekros’ institute was bombed by Allied forces in 1945 and any remaining records, books and manuscripts concerning transgender services administered prior to WWII were now lost forever. The only remaining source of information was the book “Man into Woman,” edited by Niels Hoyer based on eye-witness accounts and compiled from Lili’s own letters and manuscripts, but certainly not a first person account. In-other-words, The Danish Girl is a fiction based film taken from the skeletal remains of whatever scraps of paper were left behind after the Great War.

The Crying Game

Essential Opinion: The Crying Game

This is a love story between Fergus and Dil and the lengths people go through to hide their past and present while protecting their future. There’s hope, sorrow, love and happiness, but most importantly, redemption in The Crying Game as it shows us how people will wear a mask to the bitter end, never quite revealing themselves until it may be too late.

Boys on the Side

Essential Opinion: Boys on the Side

Boys on the Side starts out as an average movie about what would seem like three average women wanting and needing to escape the lives that they now have. Initial reviews claimed it was another “Fried Green Tomatoes” or “Thelma and Louis” because of its female bonding, hopeful love and women on the run theme that runs across all three films, but that’s where the similarities end.

Transamerica

Essential Opinion: Transamerica

In 2005 when Transamerica hit the screens, trans visibility and acceptability were at least a decade away and the understanding by the general public about people who are transgender was still hovering around zero; the film tells the story of a conservative transgender [transsexual at the time] woman named Bree, only a week from her “operation,” whose life is turned upside down by the discovery that she has a son named Toby.

Boy Meets Girl

Essential Opinion: Boy Meets Girl

Trans rom-com, Boy Meets Girl, swept the film out awards in 2014 and hit the big screen earlier in 2015. This fun, quirky and poignant film has been labeled the Pretty in Pink of Trans movies as it stars Michelle Hendley, a Trans woman playing a trans woman who has fallen in love with her best friend.

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