Buddha Dog Productions and Kino Lorber EDU are pleased to announce the documentary feature, Just Gender, narrated by Tony and Emmy-award winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, as the centerpiece of a multi-city launch for National Pride Month this June.
After the film, there will be a Q&A panel/reception moderated by Dana Beyer, Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland. Currently, panelists include:
Sharon Brackett, Board Chair of Gender Rights Maryland, Ruby Corado, Founder of Casa Ruby, Hayden Mora, HRC Director of Strategic Relations, Jay Brown, HRC Director of Foundation Program Strategies, and Earline Budd, Transgender Health Empowerment co-founder.
Just Gender is an educational film for television as well institutional-educational viewing. The film tackles the little understood world of transgender people. Although Just Gender will utilize some archival footage and stills, it is largely built on a series of interviews of transgendered persons, their family members, health care experts, community leaders and others who work with the transgender community.
The film explores the common myths and misunderstandings about transgendered people. It also explores the confusion between sexual orientation and gender identity, as reflected in the rigid binary view of the world generally held by society. Just Gender also touches on the brutality resulting from those misconceptions, including the numerous deaths caused by hate each year.
Just Gender explores the diversity of persons under the broad umbrella of “transgender,” including cross dressers, gender questioning, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and female-to-male and male-to-female transsexuals. Through the stories of transgender individuals and their spouses, friends, and allies, we explore the confusion, the isolation, and the fear felt by many transgender persons. We also see their growing awareness and acceptance, and ultimately their joy in blossoming comfort as transgendered persons.
In this context, the film explores their first awareness of having “different” feelings, the challenges of growing up with secret longings, the sting of discrimination and the consequences of hateful acts by others. The travels of how these persons, like many of the transgender community, have come to terms with life and embraced their nature, becomes a central story in this documentary.
Just Gender will screen in 18 cities throughout the United States with all proceeds from each screening benefitting a local organization that provides support to underserved members of the transgender community. In DC, all the proceeds benefit the DC Center for the LGBT Community.
Just Gender puts a human face on the transgender community, and challenges us to question our notions of what it means to be male or female. Informative and straightforward, Just Gender seeks to counteract the ignorance that drives much of the discrimination experienced by the transgender community. Said Robert Boo, Executive Director of Fort Lauderdale’s Pride Center, “Finally, a film that shares more than just one or two personal stories about transgender life. This film covers so much that is essential to understand in so little time.”
Masen Davis, Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center, said, “What sets Just Gender apart from other films is its comprehensive look at the transgender experience. It both captivates and educates at the same time.”
RSVP here if you plan to go, so that we see who might be going. Tickets are $10. You can purchase tickets at the door or online at:
Details of upcoming screenings will be available through the film’s official website: http://www.justgender.com
And on the film’s Facebook page at:
Cities include San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, Dallas, Rochester, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Tucson, St. Louis, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Just Gender recently played to standing-room-only audiences in Tulsa, Fort Lauderdale and Chesterton, MD.