Transgender and Intersex Issues Feature at Painting the Spectrum 10 This Week

Painting the Spectrum 10, SASOD's 10th annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival, continues this week with two documentaries on transgender and intersex issues.  

On Tuesday, June 10, Spectrum 10 will screen “Venus Boys” which reveals the world behind a legendary Drag King Night in New York. It is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgender worlds, where women become men - some for a night, others for their whole lives.  The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies. In London, we see biological females experiment with hormones to become new men.

And then on Thursday, June 12, a documentary from Argentina, “XXY” will screen. The film tells the story of Alex.  She is a 15-year-old with a secret, one that no other can claim. Her parents keep her hidden away at a coastal town amongst the dunes of the shoreline, buying time before they must decide on a life-threatening operation. When old family friend and plastic surgeon Ramiro arrives with his teenage son Álvaro, Alex begins to realise that his visit could change her life forever. As the parents wrestle with the complications that will arise as Alex reaches adulthood, Alex and Alvaro become close, their relationship causing tensions amongst the locals. However, as the parents battle it out to instil a sense of open-mindedness amongst their society, it is the children who prove themselves to be flexible in understanding the sexual leanings and complexities of others.

The film festival continues every Tuesday and Thursday in June and closes Sunday, June 29, at the Dutch Bottle Café, 10 North Road (between Light and Cummings Streets), Bourda, in Georgetown commencing at 6pm each night.

There is no charge for admission to attend the film festival. All firms are intended for mature audiences. Person must be 18 years and over to attend.