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New Documentary Explores the Lives of Trans Men

'Other Boys NYC' finally puts transgender men center stage.
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Two fierce women, LaVerne Cox and Janet Mock, spearhead the transgender woman’s movement. That’s incredible.

But when transgender men look to the media for representation, where is their Janet Mock? Where is their Caitlin Jenner?

The documentary Other Boys NYC hopes to change that. Instead of pushing one transgender man’s voice to the front, this documentary is going to push fifty.

This documentary is different from most documentaries in two ways. First, it’s serialized. The first half is released on February 25, while the second half will be released chapter by chapter one week at a time.

Oh yeah, and there are fifty chapters.

Each 5-7 minute installment focuses on a different queer and/or trans man of color living in New York City. Each chapter showcases a story about identity, sexuality, coming out or staying hidden. Today, the trans male experience is diverse, and deserves to be captured, not just so that young trans men can see themselves on the television, but also because transgender men’s voices are valid and deserve to be elevated.

The filmmaker Abdool Corlette heads up the documentary. In a recent statement, he says:

The series aims to inspire empathy and discussion through taking an intimate look at those topics as well as others like dating, family, masculinity, socio-economics, religion and career. It is an intersection of people from all races, cultures and religions.”

The docu-series will premiere on the global network Slay TV. This media platform, which debuted in July 2016, is devoted to telling the stories of queer people of color. You can stream the platform’s shows on iOs, YouTube, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV – you can also watch this documentary free on YouTube and on the official Slay TV website.

Why do we need more QPOC representation? Statistics show that  “in 2016, only 4.8 percent of characters on TV were LGBTQ, and an overwhelming majority — about 71 percent — of these LGBTQ characters were white. Most queer characters depicted were gay men, at 46 percent. Only 7 percent were bisexual men, and 3 percent were transgender men.”

Even if you’re not transgender, you should watch this documentary series in order to learn more about the T in LGBT and the experiences of our transgender friends. The bite-sized segments are short enough to watch anywhere, but so engaging that you won’t want to stop until you’ve finished all 50.

Catch the groundbreaking series here.

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J. Marie graduated from Duke University with a degree in International Relations and dreams of being a creative writer–dreams she’s now realizing as a musical theatre writer in NYC. She’s passionate about global black identities, black representation in media, and leather-bound notebooks. She also loves backpacking through a new country at a moment’s notice, and speaks Spanish, Swahili and Standard Arabic.

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