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Kimberly Reed’s Amazing MTF Story

So I first heard about the amazing story of Kimberly Reed from one of my mentors in grad school. Rick Moody wrote about Reed’s amazing journey from male to female for Details magazine back in January.

Michael Musto recently did a Q&A with Reed, whose film Prodigal Sons–about her teen years as a high school quarterback in Montana and her affirming adult life as a transsexual–has been making the Hollywood rounds. Some of the interesting details that Reed shares:

“Montana defies a lot of expectations. It’s one of those purple states. In 2008, they voted in a Democratic House, Senate, and governor, but they voted for McCain. More than anything else, it’s a spot where people don’t want to be told what to do.”

In Prodigal Sons, Reed’s brother spews some hateful, homophobic words at a family reunion:

“When people have a frontal-lobe injury, they lose impulse control, and he certainly did. But while I think his head injury is taking a lid off his inhibitions, I don’t think it created any of that.”

I’m awaiting the release of this documentary in Boston. Last fall, I remember attending a screening at the MFA of possibly my favorite film of the year–a small, odd documentary called Trinidad. The film brought attention to a small Colorado town of 9.000 residents who receive the economic benefits of “The Sex-Change Capital of the World” but have a whole mess of personal feelings about trans issues. Trinidad was timely, visually engrossing, and surprisingly–quiet and meditative.

Deflating stereotypes about transgendered and transsexual folks seems like an undercovered topic in mainstream media outlets. As acceptance for gays and lesbians grows, how can we bring more attention to transgender equality?

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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