7 Uplifting Transgender Films That You Should Watch and Enjoy
Transgender Awareness Week is here, and what better way to ring it in than with stories that not only explore trans identity but also celebrate it. After all, now’s the time to reflect and uplift the trans community. While remembrance of trans struggles is certainly important, it’s equally crucial to lean into trans joy, as there’s no greater feeling than to embrace — and be embraced for — living your most authentic life.
Film is an excellent medium for reflecting positive trans narratives and there are some great ones out there. From comedies to love stories — both of falling in love with others, and learning to love yourself — to a few awesomely campy trans horror films, these streamable movies are a great way to kick off the week. Take a look!
All film descriptions are courtesy of their respective studios and networks. A version of this article first appeared on Pride.com.
‘Anything’s Possible’ (2022)
Synopsis:Anything’s Possible is a delightfully modern Gen Z coming-of-age story that follows Kelsa, a confident high school girl who is trans, as she navigates through senior year. When her classmate Khal gets a crush on her, he musters up the courage to ask her out, despite the drama he knows it could cause. What transpires is a romance that showcases the joy, tenderness, and pain of young love.
Why we love it: This sweet love story truly has it all: It’s funny, romantic, uplifting, and real.
Synopsis: Transfinite is a sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven standalone short stories where supernatural trans and queer people from various cultures use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive.
Why we love it: The trans-POC representation alone makes this collection a must-watch, but it’s also a fascinating sci-fi exploration of identity.
Synopsis: Kurt is an outcast in a conservative town who dreams of moving to the city to be a famous drag queen. Kidnapped by a predatory old vampire, Kurt is rescued and resurrected by a gang of rebellious vamps who feed on bigots and abusers. As a vampire, he finally knows empowerment and belonging, but until Kurt faces the monster, he will never truly be free. The exciting debut from Australian trans teen filmmaker Alice Maio Mackay, So Vam is a low-budget, high-energy tribute to teen vampire classics, from a distinctly Gen Z, genderqueer POV.
Why we love it: Directed by trans teen Alice Maio Mackay, this movie about a queer kid discovering his found (undead) family with a trans vampire is just so very cool.
Synopsis: In the ‘90s, Laurence tells his girlfriend, Fred, that he wants to become a woman; they confront the prejudices of their friends, ignore the council of their families, and brave the phobias of the society they offend.
Why we love it: Honestly, it’s just so achingly romantic.
Synopsis: Boy Meets Girl is a poignant, sexy, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three 20-year-olds living in Kentucky. Robby (Michael Welch, Twilight) and his best friend since childhood, Ricky (Michelle Hendley), a gorgeous transgender girl, have never dated. Lamenting the lack of eligible bachelors, Ricky considers dating a girl. In walks Francesca (Alex Turshen), a beautiful young debutante waiting for her Marine fiance to return from the war. Ricky and Francesca strike up a friendship, and maybe a little more, which forces Robby to face his true feelings for Ricky.
Why we love it: Fun and quirky, this romantic comedy is just the kind of easy breezy watch you may be craving.