La «lesbiana perversa» y el Caso Wanninkhof-Carabantes

El documental de Tania Balló ahonda en cómo la lesbofobia social jugó un papel crucial para inculpar a una mujer inocente de un crimen que no cometió.

En 1999, la directora y documentalista Tània Balló tenía 21 años, dos más que los que tenía Rocío Wanninkhof cuando la acuchillaron una noche de fiesta camino a la feria de su pueblo (…) Dolores Vázquez pasó 519 días en una celda, diecisiete meses en total, acusada de ese crimen por un jurado popular, un asesinato que no cometió (…) delirio mediático (…) El de Balló es un análisis en el que la perspectiva de género se aplica clínicamente, sin hacer sangre donde podía haberse recreado, para revisar cómo un país linchó a una mujer inocente y construyó un relato mediático estereotípico e irreal, alimentado y sostenido por la lesbofobia social (…) Cuando se empezó a apuntar que Vázquez podía ser la presunta asesina, de la sospechosa se destacó en diferentes crónicas que practicaba kárate y artes marciales, que tenía la voz ronca, que mandaba, que no era agradable y que mostraba autoridad sobre los demás……

Lean completo: El País (SModa) – Noelía Ramírez

 

«En estos días del Orgullo Gay causas como la de Dolores Vázquez debieran estar en primera línea, porque su condición sexual estuvo en todo momento detrás del señalamiento y la condena. No puede quedar sin reparación»

(Elvira Lindo, El País)

 

Billy Tipton, an ambitious woman “passing” as a man in pursuit of a music career and trans representation …

The documentary «No Ordinary Man» is not just a biography of Billy Tipton, but also a critical lens on how culture has depicted trans men.

In trans masculine circles, Billy Tipton is seen as both an ancestor and a martyr. The jazz musician came up in a time when there were not yet any medical advancements in trans-affirming surgeries in the United States, much less a language or a subculture that could have made his life easier. He held the secret of being assigned female at birth for decades, until he was pronounced dead in his trailer with his adopted son and namesake Billy Jr. present. The grieving Billy Jr. was then abruptly told by an EMT that the man who loved and raised him, who stubbornly avoided medical treatment despite deteriorating health for unclear reasons, was not the cisgender patriarch he was led to believe. A transphobic national media circus ensued, persisting for several years and doing considerable harm to both Tipton’s memory and family. With that in mind, the documentary No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary is not just a corrective about Tipton, but also a broader critique of how the media fails to understand trans masculine perspectives and stories – both before Tipton’s death and since then.

Continue Reading: A Portrait of Trans Masculinity in the Story of a Jazz Musician (Caden Mark Gardner)

The legacy of Billy Tipton, a 20th-century American jazz musician and trans icon, is brought to life by a diverse group of contemporary trans artists.

Revered jazz musician Billy Tipton gained fame throughout the United States in the 1940s and ’50s. His trans identity was not known throughout the echelons of the jazz and pop worlds, and it wasn’t revealed publicly until after his death in 1989. For decades, Tipton was portrayed as an ambitious woman “passing” as a man in pursuit of a music career at a time when the industry was dominated by men and trans representation was virtually non-existent. Since then, he has become a foundational icon of transmasculinity.

Continue Reading: No Ordinary Man  (Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt)

 

YO SOY SAMUEL

Un documental que se une a los recientes trabajos que abordan la comunidad LGBTQ+ en Kenia, una comunidad cuya existencia y supervivencia es fruto de la resiliencia y la lucha por la libertad de ser.

Peter Murimi conoció a Samuel a través de un amigo en común, pero la idea del documental ya estaba ahí.

En este documental, el cine se convierte en ese espacio de lo posible. Es posible ser de una familia rural, sin educación formal, y enamorarse de alguien del mismo sexo. Es posible ser acogido por una comunidad y red de apoyo. Es justo esta interseccionalidad en el modo de trazar el retrato audiovisual de Samuel, cuya identidad no se reduce a ser gay, la que atribuye mayor fuerza a esta historia, una historia de amor, entre la familia, los amantes y los amigos y, sobre todo, una historia de resilencia.

Leer completo: Wiriko

 

Synopsis: Samuel grew up in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He is close to his mother but his father, a local pastor, doesn’t understand why he isn’t married yet. After moving to Kenya’s capital in search of work and a new life, Samuel falls in love with Alex and finds community and belonging. Their love thrives despite the fact that Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+. Despite threats of violence and rejection, Samuel and Alex  move between their co-existing worlds, hoping to win acceptance in both.