Just Gender is an educational film developed for TV and subsequent institutional and educational viewing. The film tackles the all too often misunderstood world of transgender. Although Just Gender utilizes some archival footage and stills, it is largely built on a series of original footage and interviews of transgendered persons, their family members and friends, health care experts, community leaders and others who work with the transgender community. The film explores the common myths and misunderstandings about transgendered people. It also explores the confusion between
sexual orientation and gender identity, as reflected in the rigid binary view of the world generally held by society. Just Gender also touches on the discrimination, hardships and brutality resulting from those misconceptions and prejudices, including the numerous deaths caused by hate each year. Just Gender explores the diversity of persons under the broad umbrella of transgender people, including cross dressers, gender questioning, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and female-to-male and male-to-female transsexuals. Through the stories of transgender individuals and their spouses, friends, and allies, we explore the confusion, the isolation, and fear felt by many transgender persons. We also see their growing awareness and acceptance, and ultimately their joy in blossoming comfort as transgendered persons. In this context, the film will explore their first awareness of having “different” feelings, the challenges of growing up with secret longings, the sting of discrimination and the consequences of hateful acts by others. The travels of how these persons, like many of the transgender community, have come to terms with life and embraced their nature, becomes a central story in this documentary.