“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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a type of documentary film about the life and struggles of a young transgender musician. Released in 2016, Shaleece Haas is both the director and cinematographer of Real Boy. The coming-of-age film also features music by William Ryan Fritch and focuses on coming to terms with your gender identity.
Is the gay community as welcoming as it likes to perceive itself towards men of all ages, races, kinks, disabilities and HIV statuses, or does it leave the majority of gay men unhappy by telling them to chase an idealistic body image and personality that is more likely to get them accepted – rejecting their own identity in the process?
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.
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.