Expanding Gender

Directed by Multiple Directors
71 mins

These four short documentaries explore the varied identities of trans and gender-expansive youth and young adults.

In Tomgirl, we meet Jake, a confident and lovable gender-expansive seven-year-old who invites us into his world of hockey playing and skirt wearing to explore the transformative power of love and support from adults. Next, experience the true story of a young Hawaiian girl who aspires to become the leader of her school’s boys-only hula troupe and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her in A Place in the Middle.

Monica’s Story traces the journey of resilience and self-acceptance of Monica Rose, a strong young transwoman of color. Despite being rejected by her church and family, Monica sought out support from professionals in the LGTBQ+ community and today is a proud, confident person with a bright future.

Finally, Passing profiles the lives of three young transmen of color. This short doc explores what life is like living as a black man when no one knows you are transgender, and how each man perceives his own journey with gender after many years of being presumed as a cisgender man.

This collection of short films comes with a professionally created curriculum to help in facilitating classroom conversations.

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