The short movie The Real Thing is a positive example of trans representation onscreen.
Directed by filmmaker Brandon Kelley, this heartwarming film hit the Internet to mark both Veterans Day and the start of Trans Awareness Week last Monday 12 November.
The seven-minute movie stars trans teen actress Sophie Giannamore in the role of Allie. Actor Michael Torpey plays her soldier father, just come back home after being on an active tour of duty.
Allie, who transitioned while her father was away, faces discrimination at school. She is pressured not to use the ladies’ bathroom and deadnamed on test papers.
When she sees her father standing in her newly-painted pink bedroom, she is afraid he might react in the same way.
Brace yourself for one of the sweetest father-daughter embraces.
Watch the short movie in full below:
Trans Awareness Week exists to help kids
Kelley first presented his video at the 2017 Outfest in Los Angeles and the 2018 New England Film Festival.
He explained he wanted to show an example of what the parental relationship with a trans child, or any child, should be’ with his film.
He also praised Giannamore. The young actress starred on The Good Doctor, Transparent and documented her journey in a series of YouTube video.
‘Every day there is a new story of a local victory, or small-scale progress being made,’ he told HuffPost.
‘There are multiple large-scale battles being fought in courts, legislatures, and communities across the country, and youth and passion are on our side. Together, these efforts create a tidal wave of progressive thought and policy.’
He furthermore added: ‘There are many things for which we can be somber, but we should also look at this week as a chance to showcase ourselves. I want [trans youth] to know that this week exists, in a large part, in order to help them.’