Transman Robert Eads
Reading this in the Houston Voice today sent shivers down my spine:
It’s hard to speak powerfully about being a lesbian when you’re sitting on an exam table, naked except for the equivalent of an ill-fitting paper sarong.
But for butch women and trans men who were born female, the process can be even worse.
The 2001 film “Southern Comfort,” named for the national transgender conference held annually in Atlanta, documented the last year of the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual who died from ovarian cancer in 1999 after some 20 doctors refused to treat the male-appearing Eads for a woman’s disease.
Southern Comfort is a hard watch — I tear up every time I even think about rewatching it; I’m tearing up now. But, I highly recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to learn about trans community in general, and transmen in particular.
Autumn Sandeen is the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) secretary, a Transgender Advocacy And Services Center (TASC) of San Diego Planning Group Member, and is a contributing author for the Ex-Gay Watch.