Posted by: outandequal | June 17, 2011

Join Out & Equal for “Renee” at Frameline 35

Out & Equal is a Community Partner of the 35th Frameline Film Festival. We are co-sponsoring the screening of “Renee” alongside the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Federation and the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative.

Join us for the screening:

Sunday June 19 at 6:30 pm
Victoria Theatre
$10 Frameline members | $11 general admission

About the documentary:

A champion athlete, ladies’ man and stellar academic, Richard Raskind was living every man’s dream—except he wished he were a woman. He struggled his entire life to repress his fantasy of living as Renée, the woman trapped within him who screamed to get out. Richard found diversions in young ladies, sports, and his time in the U.S. Special Forces. While in the service, his love and skill for tennis lead him to widespread acclaim in the amateur circuit, but nothing could assuage his deep desires to become Renée. Finally, in his 40s, when he was married with a son, Richard transitioned into the person he knew he truly was, Renée Richards.

This inspiring documentary tells the heroic story of Renée’s journey of self-acceptance. Her presence in the women’s tennis circuit caused a scandal that lead to her legal battle with the U.S. Tennis Association. In the 1977 Women’s Open Cup, she was the first ever transgender player, a major milestone in transgender awareness. She then became well-known as the coach of tennis champion Martina Navratilova. Sadly, Richards’ prominent public visibility severely damaged her relationship with her son, the dearest thing to her heart, which she is desperately working on to this day.

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