This 2001 documentary chronicles the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man living in the Deep South. At the beginning of the film, Eads has already been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has been rejected for treatment by over 20 doctors, who all fear that helping a transman could hurt their reputations. By the time Eads finds a doctor willing to help, the cancer has become too advanced to save him. Eads’ final mission in life is to attend the next Southern Comfort conference, an annual meeting held in Atlanta for transgender people. Southern Comfort received widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and First Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival, among other awards.
This 2006 documentary from out filmmaker Malcolm Ingram looks at two gay bars in two rural Mississippi, and the bigotry and oppression many of the bar’s patrons face on a regular basis. The film also examines the barbaric murder of Scotty Joe Weaver, the 18-year-old gay man who was beaten, stabbed, strangled, and burned to death in Bay Minette, Alabama in 2004, and the dangers of being openly gay in the rural south.
Love him or hate him, there’s no denying Chris Crocker’s ability to keep himself in the spotlight. Me @ The Zoo looks at his as a young gay man living in Tennessee, his struggles with being bullied in school, his strained relationship with his mother, and how he used the internet to escape the oppressive small town where he grew up. As polarizing and, frankly, annoying as Crocker can be, Me @ The Zoo offers a fascinating and surprising portrait one of the internet’s biggest gay stars.
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