“Call Me Malcolm” is 90-minute feature-length documentary following a twenty-five year-old seminary student as he explores faith, love, and gender identity. It was developed by the United Church of Christ, Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns and released in 2005.
There are two study guides to accompany the film. At this point the entire film is available on YouTube, making it a super-accessible resource for personal reflection or group study.
Buy the DVD: from UCC Resources
One of the challenges of “transgender education” is the persistent need to move beyond terms and definitions to present not just one prototypical transgender experience, but to represent a diversity of experience. While Call Me Malcolm follows Malcolm Himschoot, a white, transgender man, it also manages to weave together a variety of additional perspectives and experiences through encounters that Malcolm has with other mentors and advisors.
- Dr Tink Tinker, talking about gender in Native American perspective
- Matt Kailey, leading a support group for trangender men
- Pauline Mitchell, the mother of hate crime victim, Fred Martinez
- Calpernia Addams, actress whose story appears in “Soldier’s Girl”
- Major Griffin-Gracy, transgender activist and elder
- Stephan Thorne, transgender police officer
The film also includes Malcolm’s pastor, friends, former high school teacher, family, and fiance.
As the film follows Malcolm through various encounters and shares his personal reflections, we are given a wealth of both theological perspective as well as personal insight into the process of social, legal, and medical gender transition.
Call Ma Malcolm was a major accomplishment in terms of representation for transgender people of faith during the “transgender spring” and remains a great resource.
Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on September 4, 2019.
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