Paris Is Burning
Allegra Madsen is the director of programming at Frameline San Francisco LGBTQ+ Film Festival, the largest and longest-running queer film festival in the world.
Jenni Olson is a Berkeley-based queer film historian, writer, and filmmaker who is the proud proprietor of Butch.org—which features more information about all of her work as a longtime champion of LGBTQ+ cinema.
Susan Stryker, Professor Emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, is the author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, codirector of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria, and was founding executive editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.
Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée, Pepper LaBeija,
For the queer and trans Black and Latinx subjects in Jennie Livingston’s documentary of New York’s Ballroom scene in the late 1980s, the community formed around the competitive world of drag was a matter of survival. Made over the course of seven years, the film ignited controversy upon its release. Yet Livingston’s nuanced and compassionate filmmaking enabled their subjects to speak at length, so that, as Essex Hemphill observed in 1991, “the authentic voice of this community emerges unfettered.”
Behind Every Good Man
Nikolai Ursin, United States, 1967
This gently activist short provides an illuminating glimpse into the life of an African American man who openly lives part of his life as a woman.
Pat Rocco, United States, 1970
An earnestly forthright and sensitive nonfiction interview with Jimmy Michaels, who is transgender.