We made a series of documentaries, for the first time, from the perspective of transgender people themselves to record theirlife, work and family.
Most of the time, it is difficult to see whereare trans people.What do they look like? What kind of storiesdo they have?A few transgender stories we can see areunderstood and recorded from the perspective of cisgender people, includingmany of the stories released by Trans Youths Educational Center.
We trans people should write down our ownstories to tell the public who we are, what our life is like, and how diversewe trans people are in our own perspective and language.
Same day of 51 years ago, at the Stone Wall Bar in New York, thetransgender people and lesbians first acted up, who kicked off the prelude ofthe Stonewall riots. So wereleased this series of documentaries on the 51st year of the Stonewallriots, also paying tribute to those transgender comrades.
Introductionof series films
There are currently three short films inthis series, named Normal Family and Trans’Hot Pot. All were from the first-perspective of we transgender ourselvesand telling our lives, work and family. Moreover, these short films were alsorecorded and edited by directors who are also transgender.
Today, in the We-Media age, transgenderpeople have the opportunity to take the initiative to speak. Everything we haveexperienced or are experiencing should be recorded by ourselves, and it shouldbe us to tell the outside world the stories about what is really happening inour lives.
This series will never stop. With thedevelopment of the society, there are always new stories happening intransgender people’s lives, and what we want to do is to keep self-recording.
Walnut He,transgender woman, young independent director, photographer, the program specialistof the transgender department of the Beijing LGBT Center, the general coordinatorof the National Transgender Hotline, former editing-director of “Queer Comrades”,has been committing to recording LGBT in China by films.
Just like the tens of thousands of ordinaryChinese families, this family of a transgender woman and her parents is stillordinary and real. The parents run a small wholesale business in a small town wheretheir hometown is. The transgender child works in public welfare institutionsin the field of sex and gender in Beijing. The parents love to grow vegetablesand the child likes cats.
The child is transgender and did notultimately make the family different. In any case, it is ultimately a life thatneeds to work hard…
Not only transgender people are ordinarypeople, but also parents of transgender people are all ordinary people. Theyare human all living, so how can they be different?
Hot pot is one of the most inclusivecooking methods in the world. No matter what kind of ingredients, it can bedelicious in a pot of fresh and spicy soup. A family of four transgender peopleis like hot pot, where they are most inclusive. Family members do not need tobe related by blood, nor do they need to conclude marriages, just because theyhave the same identity, they can support each other.