“Expanding Gender” is a collection of documentaries produced by Youth in Motion through Frameline. 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 for help in facilitating classroom conversations.
- Visit Frameline Website for “Expanding Gender”
- Watch Series on Kanopy
- Curriculum Guide PDF
- A Place in the Middle Classroom Discussion Guide
Watch Trailer for Tomgirl:
Watch Trailer for A Place in the Middle:
Total Runtime: 71 minutes