As she is quoted in the introduction, Allen wanted to create "an homage to the bull-daggers and female husbands before me, and to the young studs, gender queers
, and bois who continue to bloom in the present." The book is nothing less than a love letter to this community, and to the larger LGBTQ community as well.
The film's strengths are the multiple group encounter sessions where each group is constituted around one particular demographic--young, mix-raced gender queers
, self-identified lesbian feminists, queer women of color over the age of fifty-five, to name just a few--where the group is filmed trying to "come to terms" with transgender.
They defined this term broadly, including transsexuals, cross-dressers, drag queens, and gender queers
Includes pre-operative and post-operative transsexuals; transsexuals who have no desire for sex reassignment surgery; transvestites (cross-dressers) and impersonators; and "gender queers" who don't identify with either gender.
But Hill-Meyer, who identifies as a "gender queer" uncomfortable with either male or female labels, also wonders how many people are moved by the public facilities issue one way or the other.
It has left out gender queers
because, let's face it, we're not like everybody else.