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‘No fats, no femmes, no Asians’: 6 films that show how far we have come–and yet to go

Frameline, the San Francisco-based queer media arts foundation, has a long, proud history of delivering overlooked & under appreciated films.

In 2011, the LGBTQ media arts non-profit established Frameline Voices, a monthly spotlight program that highlights stories underrepresented by Hollywood and the mainstream media by making them free for viewing on the internet.

Recently, Frameline has chosen films in honor of Black History Month and #NoNameCallingWeek which chronicle some of the African-American queer experience–in addition to bullying.

These powerful short films help show the richness and diversity of the tapestry of queer culture, and underline the power of queer life in the human experience.

1. Passing

Director: J. Mitchel Reed, Lucah Rosenberg-Lee

This short film follows the lives of three men of color undergoing gender confirmation from female to male, and explores life living as a black, stealth transgender man. From coming out to relationships to complicated gender identity, these men share their stories of finding themselves as part of the African-American community.

Passing is available until the end of February.


Director: Liz Cardenas Franke

Free only through the end of February 2018!

Based on a true story, a 15-year-old resolves to never get bullied again, even within their own family. In a chilling twist, the film uses the actual email written by a teen to his father which inspired the film.

Imago is available until the end of February.

3. Absence: No Fats, No Femmes, No Asians

Director: Celeste Chan

As the title implies Absence takes on the age old “no fats, no femmes, no Asians” stigma found too often on queer dating sites. It also examines how femme, Asian and fat queer people find ways to take pride in their bodies, and their identities.

Absence is streaming now.

4. The Infamous T

Director: Melissa Koch

One of the most harrowing documentaries to come out of Frameline, The Infamous T follows 18-year-old Jonathon, homeless and bullied, over the course of a year. Rescued from poverty and homelessness by the Avenues for Homeless Youth GLBT Host Home Program, Jonathon at last finds a home with queer parents and their 7-year-old daughter. But the spectre of his past life looms large over Jonathon’s life as he struggles with his new home and identity. Ultimately, The Infamous T affirms the power of love and friendship in a hostile world.

The Infamous T is streaming now.

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5. Eddie

Director: Quentin Kruger

A young Latina girl must face questions over her gender identity after an embarrassing summer kickball game.

 Eddie is streaming now.

6. Yellow Fever

Director: Raymond Yeung

A Chinese man living in London finds his world turned upside down when he falls for a neighbor, who also happens to be Chinese. A seemingly trite plot twist actually results in a deeper examination of internalized racism, inferiority complexes and the power of true affection.

Yellow Fever is streaming now.