Following his first highly successful documentary ‘How To Survive A Plague’ which deservedly won him an Oscar Nomination, filmmaker David France has now turned his attention to the mystery surrounding the death of legendary NY drag queen and activist Marsha P. Johnson for his sophomore movie. With the help of Victoria Cruz who was about to retire from the NY Anti-Violence Project, they try to get to the truth of what really happened to this stalwart of the Gay Liberation movement who was a central figure in the Stonewall riots.
The Mathis are a remarkable family whose courage and determination rarely faltered when they supported their youngest child Coy who started transitioning from male to female in kindergarten after it was clear that Coy felt he was a girl. Growing Up Coy documents the family’s fight for her right to use the girls’ bathroom in a landmark civil rights case that prompted a nationwide debate.
On the eve of the movie being released for global streaming to over 190 countries on Netflix (it is already available on Itunes) director Eric Juhola talked to queerguru at PTV via Facetime about just how important Coy Mathis’s touching story really is.
B. Proud the photographer/writer is working on a new project following on from her phenomenally successful First Comes Love. That book and exhibit celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples across the U.S. who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. First Comes Love sought to change attitudes, open hearts, and propel the marriage equality movement simply by introducing and sharing the love stories of 65 real American long-term same-sex couples.
Now B. Proud is looking to devote the new as yet unnamed Project to trans couple to celebrate their lives and give them more visibility to encourage more acceptance and protection in society. She is planning a trip to Provincetown in 10 days and is very interested in hearing from any trans couples in the area, and from other part of the country too, who would like to participate in the Project. To hear more about the it, check out the interview below that B. Proud recorded with Roger Walker-Dack for queerguru reports on PTV’s Channel 99
What strikes one most about LUCIA LUCAS, the American opera singer now based in Germany who is the subject of a new documentary is her sheer passion for both life and opera. In the film director James Kicklighter captures that so succinctly as he profiles Lucas as she is about to make her US debut performing the lead role in a new production of Don Giovanni for The Tulsa Opera.
Lucas is a trans woman. Having said that the disarmingly charming Lucas is neither a martyr nor pioneer to the cause. She is a human being and an extremely talented singer who just happens to also be a trans woman.
Having been so caught up in her on-screen charisma, Queerguru tracked Lucas down in Europe to talk about the significance of both her performance and this new documentary. The film is being released on VOD on most major streaming platforms, on June 1st to mark the start of Pride Month.
P.S, You can read Queerguru’s full review of The Identity of Sound HERE