Switch: A Community in Transition

From the website: “Switch, A community in transition is a documentary about a progressive, multicultural community and the response of the community to a member’s changing gender expression. The basic premise of this film is that it is not the individual that transitions, but the community.

Many transgendered and transsexual people are not making a switch from ONE to ANOTHER ONE, but rather switching their position on a continuum for a different position. The switch, culturally, is for the people around them not necessarily for themselves. Not the binary “off” and “on” of a light switch, or the dualistic nature of the concepts of male and female, but switch as in the subtle substitution of one for another … switch this for that. Exchange.

A transgendered person could argue nothing is switching for them, only a curtain pulled back to reveal a different, more true self. They are not changing anything, but aligning for themselves what has always been true.

Switch: a Community in Transition provides a venue for main stream audiences to experience first-hand how one particular community responds to movement on the gender line, shifting notions of male and female, trans, transsexuals, gender-queer and gender-other.”

In my words: An amazing video! I watched it today at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference and found it deep and thought-provoking, while also accessible and humorous. At the very least, watch the trailer. Better yet, buy the film.

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