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QMR: beautiful boxer

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Beautiful Boxer: Based on a true story, this film explores the life of Parinya Charoenphol (Nong Toom), a famous Thai kickboxer, who uses the money and influence gained from her winning matches to facilitate her gender transition.

Country: Thailand, 2003

Original Language: Thai and English

Rating: 4.5/5

Available for purchase on Amazon.

Zavi thinks: This is such a powerful story, and it’s even more amazing because it’s true.  This is one of the best representations of a trans character that I have ever seen in a film (other representations of similar caliber include Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry and Bree in Transamerica).  I also found it incredibly refreshing that this film is both a “trans” film and an “overcoming obstacles” story, even though it is an unfortunate testament to trans exclusion in media that Nong Toom’s story of eventual success was so surprising.  Another random refreshing aspect of this film is that this is the first time I’ve ever seen a …

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this week in gender bending: queer photo projects

Photography has always been my favorite art medium, and I especially love portraits.  This week I wanted to feature some amazing photo blogs and projects that promote queer visibility.  There’s still so little positive (much less accurate) representation of the LGBTQ community in mass media, and I definitely feel that this void contributes to homophobia in our society.  Plus, looking at photos of cute, out queers always brightens my day.  Enjoy!

Amos Mac Photography – Though Amos Mac is best known for his work with OP Magazine, he has also taken a variety of excellent portraits featuring the queer community.  Some content is NSFW.

Between Black & White: A Portrait of Transgender Toronto – A black and white photo series by Canadian photographer Tanja-Tiziana.  The 18 photos featured are beautifully done and feature a broad range of people, including musician Lucas Silveira.

We Are Not the Enemy – A photo blog that promotes LGBTQ equality through queer visibility.  I’m not sure it’s updated anymore, but the photos of all the cute queer couples and groups of friends posted are totally worth checking out.

Sophia Wallace Photography: Truer – My favorite collection by …

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bad questions to ask a transsexual

Are there bad questions to ask a trans and/or queer person?  …Yes.  Of course there are.  There are in fact bad questions to ask any human being.  The conjecture that rude, personal questions are just being asked out of ‘innocent curiosity’ is up there with the presumption that the customer is ‘always right.’  We at genderpanic have done our time behind the counters of coffee shops and retail stores and we know.  The customer is not only sometimes wrong, but is also on occasion being absolutely and deliberately antagonizing.  This same logic applies to inquirers of private information.

Calpernia Addams is here with razor sharp wit to share some of these bad questions. And may we just say – Calpernia, you kick ass.

this week in gender bending: supa cute couples

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There’s nothing more awesome for us at genderpanic than finding out about delightful queer people in the world fighting for equality and working to better their communities through arts and social reform – except perhaps than finding a couple of them! Listed below are two of the couples we’re found out about most recently.

Sean Dorsey and Shawna Virago – Both artists and activists, Sean and Shawna promote transgender awareness and participation in the arts scene in San Francisco.

bOo torres and Joanne Alcantara – Fellow Seattleites, the owners of 2 Brown Chicks Family Farm focus their business practices on environmental and social justice and are very active in giving back to their community.

QMR: ma vie en rose

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Ma Vie En Rose (My Life In Pink): Young Ludovic is confident that ze was meant to be born a girl and that god just made a small mistake, but convincing hir family and community proves to be harder than anticipated.

Country: France, 1997

Original Language: French

Rating: 5/5

Zavi thinks: Though this film is overall lighthearted, it touches on many quite serious issues, such as hate crimes and class differences.  As an innocent child, Ludovic simply cannot understand why others feel so threatened by hir non-binary gender, and hir struggle to be hirself brings up the issue of gender panic. Though dealing with some very adult issues, the young star of this film remains utterly endearing.

Panda thinks: Ma Vie En Rose effectively blends fantasy and reality, much in the way that I imagine a child’s mind would.  The film offers a unique first person perspective on the early struggles of child questioning hir gender.  I really love the color and the lighting in this movie.  It …

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