According to Raval, “Part of the doc was interested in challenging those small town stereotypes. We live in society where we assign these gender roles. And here’s a group of people who were all very open to the idea of lots of transgender people being in their town. [For the residents of Trinidad] it’s a non-issue for several reasons. Dr. Bieber has a lot of respect as a local surgeon and a rancher. He started in ’68 and we’re just looking at it now. It’s just been part of their landscape, they’ve grown up with it and known about it all their lives.”
And while the documentary definitely captures trans-phobia from some of Trinidad’s residents, you’ll be surprised how many Trinidadians actually support Dr. Bowers’ medical practice, including local the Catholic church!
RATING: Five out of five morning glories: No matter your feelings on transfolk, Trinidad will make you re-examine your presumptions and force you to reconsider how far you’d go to exemplify your own values. The film forms an important bridge between the LGB and T communities and is as high and glowing as the Trinidad sign shimmering high above the Colorado town itself—exemplary queer filmmaking!