More about Transgender (and more)

How old is it old enough to ‘decide’ whether or not one is transgender? Is gender identity something one could decide? Below are three documentaries of profound stories, about children who started transitioning at a young age.

Josie’s Story

“They’ve made the decision to kill themselves at the age of 12 and 13, that’s a pretty powerful decision. […] If doing nothing is doing harm, you have to do something.” -Dr. Olson

Boys Will Be Girls 20/20 part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

“You don’t make a decision about your gender identity. It’s not something you decide.” -Dr. Olson

“I knew I was a boy when I was two years old. I think everybody knows what gender they are at a very early age.” -Jackie’s father

“Many people think after you have the [sex reassignment] surgery you are completely happy with your life. No! It’s just you feel complete, you feel at a beginning. Because that’s what other girls have when they are born.” -Kim

Jazz’s Story

“Just because I’m a little different, does not mean I should not have the right to play with my team [girl’s soccer].” -Jazz’s response to her school board rejecting her from playing in the girl’s soccer team

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Movies about Sexuality (and more)

My Own Private Idaho (1991) directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting)

Yossi & Jagger (2002, Israel)

The Hours (2002) starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

Goldfish Memory (2003)

Mysterious Skin (2004) starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

C.R.A.Z.Y (2005, Italy)

A Single Man (2009) based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name, directed by Tom Ford.

J’ai tué ma mère [Eng: I Killed My Mother] (2009)- Xavier Dolan’s semi-autobiographical.

Prayers for Bobby (2009) based on Leroy F. Aarons’ book Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son, which was itself based on a real life event happened in 1983.

Je te mangerais [Eng: You Will Be Mine] (2009, France)

Room in Rome (2010, Spain)

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

…more to be added when they come to me.