Queer and trans inclusivity in movies must go far beyond casting actual queer and trans people to play those parts — and Hollywood hasn’t even gotten that down. Inclusivity must also mean highlighting queer and trans people working behind the camera, and acknowledging the way that race and other identifiers play into the queer and trans experience. And, it must allow queer and trans people to tell stories that aren’t always about struggle and victimization. In the documentary short With Conviction, for example, queer fat femmes of color, such as author and activist Jewelle Gomez, discuss their desires, sexuality, and empowerment. The film, directed by local femme Dulce Garcia, is only one of ten that will be screened at the Queer Brilliance Film Festival on Tuesday, June 21 at Humanist Hall. The fest will showcase shorts made by queer and trans filmmakers of color that celebrate the beautiful lives and triumphs of those thriving in their communities. The fest will take place at Humanist Hall (390 27th St., Oakland) and will also feature a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
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