A group of filmmakers has documented the role of straight women as the ‘unsung heroes’ of the LGBTI equality movement.
Handbag: the Untold Story of the Fag Hag, is a heart-warming documentary about Monica, a vivacious third generation ‘fag hag’ who is on a quest to burst the stereotype and demonstrate the value of straight allies in the struggle for gay equality
The women prefer the term ‘handbag’ to fag hag and their enthusiasm for the community is clear.
‘Handbag is a film about the invisible women who have been maligned and misjudged advocates alongside their gay allies,’ said director and star Monica Davidson.
‘It’s really been my life’s work, to shine a spotlight on these extraordinary women and their love and support of the gay community.’
Davidson comes from a long line of ‘handbags’, her mother volunteered in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Her grandmother was even a ‘beard’, acting as a fake girlfriend to her best mate.
‘So many woman have acted as protectors, cheerleaders and supporters of their gay friends, but always in the background,’ Davidson said.
‘I think that straight allies, and particularly women, are a vital part of the fight for gay rights. That includes the current debates in Australia, such as marriage equality.’
Who run the world?
Handbag is unique not only for its unique perspective on the LGBTI rights movement, but also because the key creative team identify as women. Including award winning producer Phoebe Hart.
Despite working hard on the documentary for the past five years, the team are struggling to get it across the finish line.
Due to a number of unforeseen setbacks, the team is struggling to come up with the funding to finish the film.
‘This life-affirming and powerful documentary is so critical to us because we believe women are able to make positive changes in our communities, particularly at a time when our culture seems to perpetuate narratives of hate,’ the filmmakers wrote on their Kickstarter page.
Their looking to raise $40,000 for things like music rights, final mixes, archival footage and graphic design.
— Handbag (@handbagthemovie) September 19, 2017
‘We’ve tried to raise money the usual way, and we’ve been told our film is significant by broadcasters, distributors and government screen organizations, but because our queer and woman-centered subject is niche they have not been game to get behind our plucky little movie,’ the filmmakers wrote.
‘However, we believe LGBTIQ issues and the stories of women are too important to ignore, and we are eager to bring Handbag’s message of acceptance and support to the world.’
Donate to Handbag’s crowdfunding campaign here.