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Gender Matters: Expression and Identities Beyond the Binary

Six short films about transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults make up this collection designed for use in schools and LGBT centers.
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Six short films about transgender & gender non-conforming young adults appear in this collection designed for use in high schools and LGBT centers, complete with curriculum and action guide PDFs on the DVD.

EddieQuentin Kruger 2007 10 min. USA

Narrative short Eddiet, tells the story of a young Latina who's just one of the boys and a VIP in the neighborhood kickball game. But on this particular afternoon, Eddie confronts her sexual and gender identities when an embarrassing moment forces her to step up to the plate.

TomboyDonna Carter 1997 5 min. USA

From climbing trees to shooting hoops, Donna Carter's childhood and adolescence was all about smashing stereotypes and glass ceilings.In this experimental short, she explores how following her own dreams and instincts allowed her to become a college basketball star, sports writer, and the publisher of the first ever women-in-sports magazine. Tomboy is an imaginative autobiographical account of an African American tomboy's journey to success and self-acceptance.

The BondMichael T. Connell 2007 6 min. USA

"How could you raise a transsexual child and not know it?" In this honest and compassionate documentary, the father of a transgender child shares his family's story - what it was like when his child came out, how their relationship has changed and how their bond continues to strengthen. The Bond offers hopeful answers to the hard questions parents face when a child - of any age - comes out.

Just Call Me KadeSam Zolten 2001 26 min USA

Kade is a sixteen year old FTM (female-to-male) transgender youth residing in Tucson, Arizona. Though Kade's parents are supportive and nurturing, it hasn't always been easy. As Kade entered puberty, he became depressed and frustrated with his changing female body and even considered suicide. Realizing that Kade's identity was more complex than being a tomboy or lesbian, he and his family sought support from their local LGBT community center and searched for resources on the internet. This award-winning documentary follows Kade through two years of his transition process, highlighting important milestones including his name change, his first shots of testosterone, and his first girlfriend. Throughout the film, Kade's friends and family candidly express their feelings about the transition, the changes they see in him, and how their own lives have been transformed along with his.

BikiniLasse Persson 2005 7 min. Sweden

An animated musical, Bikini stars a young boy, dolled up in his mother's yellow swimsuit, who is afraid to come out of the locker room. With the encouragement of a pair of happy twins he emerges, but their lady friend would rather receive all the attention herself. Set to the classic 1960 song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," this short offers an entertaining take on finding the courage and acceptance to express one's gender with honesty and style.

Two-Spirit PeopleMichel Beauchemin, Lori Levy & Gretchen Vogel 1991 20 min. USA

Two-Spirit People explores the berdache or "two-spirit" tradition in many Native American cultures, in which individuals who embody feminine and masculine qualities are understood as a third gender, beyond man and woman. In many communities, two-spirit people act as a conduit between the physical and spiritual world and because of these unique abilities, are often placed in positions of power within the community. Told through powerful personal testimony, archival photos, and clips from Hollywood Westerns, this ground-breaking documentary - one of the first cultural works to revive the term "two-spirit" - offers a unique overview of historical and contemporary Native American concepts of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation.

Gender Matters includes a curriculum and action guide to help facilitate conversations in the classroom and in youth groups.

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