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Beyond the Opposite Sex

Beyond the Opposite Sex, Gay Essential Talks To Dr. Bruce Hensel

“Sex is about who you want to sleep with; gender is about who you want to sleep as,” says Dr. Bruce Hensel, co-director and executive producer of a new documentary, Beyond the Opposite Sex, which premiered on Showtime on March 16. The protagonists of the documentary, Rene and Jamie, are two very different people who went through very different journeys since their long-awaited gender affirmation surgeries.

Game Girls

Film Review: Game Girls at Berlinale

Just over ten years ago, Polish filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska moved to a hotel near Skid Row, America’s infamous “homeless capital” located on the outskirts of central Los Angeles. Despite only spending a year living in the neighbourhood, it’s had a significant impact on her life – and she’s returned there once again to make yet another documentary following the citizens caught living on the streets just blocks away from luxurious skyscrapers.

Carlos Jauregui: The Unforgettable Fag

Opinión Esencial: El Puto Inolvidable. Vida de Carlos Jáuregui (Carlos Jauregui: The Unforgettable Fag)

Este documental dirigido por Lucas Santa Ana narra la historia de Carlos Jáuregui, uno de los pioneros mas importantes de la comunidad LGBT de Latinoamérica, e incluso pudiera decirse, que este argentino ha sido el único valiente que lucho por su presente; y aun mas importante, “El Puto Inolvidable. Vida de Carlos Jáuregui” relata un movimiento que aun sigue vigente en Argentina y en el resto de América.

Remembering The Man

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Remembering The Man

Released in 2015, Remembering The Man is a documentary which follows the life of Tim Conigrave, a renowned Australian writer and activist, and the love affair which inspired him to write Holding The Man. Starring George Banders and Reece Manning, the film was directed by Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe.

Abu: Father

Film Review – Abu: Father at BFI London Film Festival

Less a documentary and more an unflinchingly personal essay, director Arshad Khan’s Abu: Father is moving and harrowing in equal measure. Utilising home video footage he has amassed since his childhood in Pakistan in the seventies, as well as scenes from the pop culture that played a pivotal role throughout the important stages of his life, Khan’s film deals with his lifelong struggle with his own sexuality and his relationship with his religiously conservative family.

No Dress Code Required

Essential Opinion: No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa)

After meeting in the early 2000’s and living a happy life together since then, the couple decided to finally tie the knot in 2013. The supreme court of Mexico had declared same sex marriage a constitutional right, so they planned to finally go ahead and get married – unfortunately, they lived in the state of Mexicali, which did not subscribe to the court’s ruling, objecting to their marriage on religious grounds.

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