Last week Austen Koecher and I attended the screening of the documentary film Transgender Parents (2014) by filmmaker Rémy Huberdeau who is based in Montreal. Through interviews with a variety of transparents, some who transitioned before they had children and some who transitioned afterward, Huberdeau shares the struggles and strengths of several trans women and trans men navigating different stages of parenting from pregnancy, through raising infants, toddlers and teenagers.
The impetus for the 45-minute film began in 2011 when Jay Pine began focus groups with transgender parents for the LGBTQ Parenting Network.
The folks in the focus groups suggested there was a need for a tool that could be used for teachers and people outside the community and in which “we could slip in information for ourselves.” Huberdeau set out to make that film.
Transgender Parents started out as a 10-minute film funded by the LGBTQ Parenting Network. It became a 45-minute film when Rémy got more funding.
The issues around schooling raised by transgender parents are different than the issues raised by parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer and will be important for the research team make a concerted effort to recruit transgender identified parents for our study.