While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in this country, conversations about trans issues in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer women who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. Boy I Am aims to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans issues through the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City as they go through major junctures in their transitions, alongside the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who raise and address the questions that many people have but few openly discuss.
“There’s a new gender being born into Western Civilization, and Boy I Am is an important, entertaining, and disturbing film that elegantly and poignantly captures its birthing.”
—Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World
Followed by Panel Discussion
Sponsored by SAGA, the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance.
Panelists will include:
Clark A. Pomerleau teaches history and women’s studies courses at the University of Arizona. Pomerleau’s book manuscript in progress assesses second wave feminists’ cultural conflict with the New Right in the United States. Current work includes the necessity for feminism to be gender-inclusive enough to embrace feminist men and transpeople.
C. Michael Woodward is Program Coordinator of Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), providing support and advocacy services for gender-diverse people. He also serves as Co-Chair of The University of Arizona President’s LGBT Advisory Council. Michael is also a past president of the Board of Directors of Women in the Arts, Inc./National Women’s Music Festival and was active in the Midwestern lesbian feminist communities of the 1980s and 90s prior to beginning his transition to male in 1999.