1. It Gets Better - Janet Mock [5.36]

Description

Trans*:Janet Mock talks about her transition from being a small boy to a successful woman living in New York City. Janet shares how important it is to find support and believe in yourself.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 14
Relatable: 10.5
Point of View: 15
Honesty: 13
Quality: 15
Effectiveness: 13

Analyses

Gay:I like this video because it had a positive outcome. Her transformation from a boy to a girl was beautiful. The whole idea of her "passing' is a good topic to bring up to people who are learning about transgender people. I think this would also be a good positive story for the tool kit.

Queer:She was honest and her experiences were meaningful and valid, but our only concern is that this seems to put a lot of pressure or significance on "passing," and if someone who wasn't passing saw this, they might feel left out. However, her story is great.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/g0t-Ft-vRUE

Running Time: 2:50

 

2. Laverne Cox (I’m From Mobile, AL) -True Transgender Stories [5.30]

Description

Lesbian:A trans* woman talks about the shame she had when she was younger that stemmed from extensive bullying and harassment and not living up to her mother's standards, which was very important to her.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 13.5
Relatable: 11.5
Point of View: 15
Honesty: 10.5
Quality: 15
Effectiveness: 14

Analyses

Lesbian:I liked her honesty and the emotion she put into the retelling of her story. She was very open about how she really desired her mother's approval, which is a common feeling among many youth. The video as a whole exuded an admirable sense of brutal reality.

Queer:She really shared a big part of herself, and we think it is important for people to see this video because she came out of the bullying and lack of support from her mom with a lot of wisdom and she made safe spaces for herself as an adult.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/6B6abyTQMlA

Running Time:  4:01

 

3. It Gets Better - Parents of Transgender Children [5.30]

Description

Gay:A group of parents, who have transgender/gender nonconforming children, discuss how they felt dealing with the situation and how they deal with it.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 14.5
Relatable: 11
Point of View: 15
Honesty: 9.5
Quality: 15
Effectiveness: 14.5

Analyses

Trans*:When parents love their child unequivocally, I have to applaud their bravery and strength in the face of adversity; especially when the child is trans*. I didn't like that it was an advertisement for a mini-series, but found myself wanting to watch the mini-series.

Queer:It was very powerful because of the love these parents have and show to their children. They are wonderful examples of how to foster an open environment with their children, and to create safe spaces where they are most important.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/2lozlzWrYVY

Running Time: 2:05

 

4. Dru Levasseur (I’m From Norwich, CT) - True Transgender Stories [5.26]

Description

Queer:A trans man discusses his experience as a former lesbian by sharing a story about discrimination he faced in the gendered bathroom of a lesbian/gay bar.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 13
Relatable: 11.5
Point of View: 11.5
Honesty: 15
Quality: 14
Effectiveness: 14

Analyses

Lesbian:I liked how the video exposed the discrimination that exists towards trans* people, but also showed that there are people in the LGB community that are willing to learn more and understand other people better.

Queer:This video brings up several great points. Trans* individuals are often the target of so much discrimination in the heterosexual as well as the homosexual community. It is difficult to not feel accepted anywhere, and so this video speaks to not only members of the trans* community, but also to those of the queer community as well. It was also incredibly uplifting because he got justice and an apology in the end.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/gpMn3OxY6iw

Running Time: 2:41

 

5. OFFICIAL “It Gets Better” by Ms. Jay [4.96]

Description

Queer:A very fabulous Ms. Jay talks about how bullying is not as strong as talent or achievement.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 13.5
Relatable: 13
Point of View: 10
Honesty: 14
Quality: 12.5
Effectiveness: 11.5

Analyses

Gay:She was extremely honest and real. Although I'm all for being yourself , I feel like this video could be too in your face with the gay to allow people who don't agree with homosexuality to change their opinion.

Queer:Ms. Jay was so real and fabulous and honest about her experiences and she puts a huge emphasis on personal approval and personal acceptance and love and that is what is important. The snapping could have been gone, though.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Zrvxi1-3SDY

Running Time: 1:09

 

6. Tony Ferraiolo (I’m From New Haven, CT) -True Transgender Stories [4.83]

Description

Queer:A trans man talks about his experience as a child and the abuse he endured, and how he turned his experiences into a way of helping younger trans* people.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 14
Relatable: 7
Point of View: 9.5
Honesty: 15
Quality: 14
Effectiveness: 13

Analyses

Gay:We liked that after going through all of his struggle he looked back and realized that the struggle was actually worth it. This would be good for the tool kit because a lot of LGBTQ youth that are bullied don't really see how these times of bullying will help them in the future.

Bisexual:We liked how he overcame his life of being teased and cutting. We also liked that he was able to take all that horrible experience and turn it around into a good thing.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Jw87V7sy5lY

Running Time: 2:22

 

7. It Gets Better - Matt Kailey [4.70]

Description

Lesbian:A trans* man talks about how successful he has become in his life and how satisfied he is after his transition.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 12.5
Relatable: 11
Point of View: 10
Honesty: 13
Quality: 13
Effectiveness: 11

Analyses

Lesbian:I liked how he told us a lot about his life now, and how successful he has become. He proves that trans* people can have a great life. He also has the perspective of someone who works with depressed, alone, and suicidal trans* people, which makes what he says even more supported.

Queer:Nicole totally identified with being picked on for being a nerd, and it seemed very interesting that he commented on that because most of the bullying that is mentioned in IGB videos is because of how someone looks or is perceived, but it was refreshing to see how relatable and different this one was because of that. His story was inspiring because of how he helped others like him and how successful he has become.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/TSaMwsX65Ws

Running Time: 3:02

 

8. Krystal Summers (I’m From Laurel, MS) -True Transgender Stories [4.56]

Description

Queer:A trans woman talks about her experience as a little boy growing up in a Southern Baptist family and wanting to be a girl. She said that her parents weren't initially supportive and it is still taking a long time for them to fully come around.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 10
Relatable: 9
Point of View: 8.5
Honesty: 15
Quality: 14
Effectiveness: 12

Analyses

Lesbian: I liked how she showed her confidence in herself when she told about how she immediately became a woman after leaving high school. She didn't seem to have many reservations about herself, which is different from many trans* stories.

Gay:I liked this video because it poses the option that you can wait until your in a safe space to be yourself. As long as you feel like not being yourself until you get to that safe space will depress you or be hurtful to you.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/z-mu5ljK_Gk

Running Time: 2:52

 

9. New York Times Coming Out Stories: I Told Them: I’m Transgender [4.53]

Description

Lesbian:Joel, a teenage trans* person, talks about his struggles at his high school and at home after he came out as trans* and said he wanted to transition.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 12.5
Relatable: 8.5
Point of View: 8.5
Honesty: 15
Quality: 13
Effectiveness: 10.5

 

Analyses

Trans*:Joel has a powerful story that is mediocre, at best, but that’s what I find endearing about it- it’s such a normal expression of gender identity amongst gender non-conforming individuals, that it’s flippant and instantly relatable, motivational, and honest. No bells and whistles, just truth.

Queer:This video belongs in the toolkit, for sure, because the place where Joel is, is a place where a lot of high school trans* teens find themselves and Joel’s message is relatable and hopeful.

 

Watch on New York Times Online: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/23/us/20110523-coming-out.html#story/joel_brimmerman

Running Time: 2:44

 

10. ImagineFashion.com Presents “Mx. is my prefix” by Justin Vivian Bond [4.46]

Description

Gay: A trans woman shares how she deals with being transgender and how she created her own gender pronouns to identify with.

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 12
Relatable: 7
Honesty: 15
Point of View: 9.5
Quality: 14
Effectiveness: 13

Analyses

Queer:Justin offered a new perspective in that they did not identify as either male or female but as transgender itself, and I feel like that is a powerful statement. However, we didn't really get as much personal stuff from them as we would have liked.

Gay:I liked how she chose to not conform to the pronouns that society tries to put everyone in, but created her own that she felt comfortable with. I think this is good because one of the problems in today's society is that many people are entirely too unique or have so many sides to them that they can't be put into a box with merely one specific label.

 

Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/DP6ktzmhiaw

Running Time: 3:12

 

Honorable Mention

Future Feminism - Antony Hegarty [4.43]

Ranking Breakdown
Uplifting: 9
Relatable: 8
Point of View: 11.5
Honesty: 14
Quality: 14
Effectiveness: 10

Description and Analysis

Trans*:Antony speaks of moving from patriarchal to matriarchal systems of governance and the world's sexual and gender ecology. Antony really opened my heart to the connection between the human experience and mother nature. The changing cycles of the moon, religious idolatry in the face of environmental and social change. Sure, this isn’t an It Gets Better video, and it’s not uplifting emotionally, but it is uplifting spiritually and intellectually. I loved how Antony expressed ways that v’s transgenderisms have become v’s religion.