The film is about to be released nationally on March 3 in select theaters, and March 7 nation-wide on VOD. We’re excited to be in this moment of this long and beautiful passion-project’s journey. While I will be working like a dog for the next 6 months, and I still anticipate spending much of the next year working on the film’s release & tour (making it a 7 year total focus of my life), the film will then take on a life of its own after this year. It’s totally been worth it and will continue to be.
I started making this film when RuPaul was not a household name, before Laverne Cox and Caitlin Jenner graced the cover of magazines in every grocery store, before marriage equality, before people were talking about universal bathroom access. It is clear, maybe clearer than ever, that a topic that simply interested me (and that some thought was a quirky idea for a film) is now a mainstream, headline topic — and one that is front and center in the struggle for civil rights for a large part of the American populace.
Those rights, which only a few months ago seemed permanently moved forward on the wheel of progress, are horrifically now in jeopardy again. That makes this film and the work we’re doing to engage audiences in education, awareness, discussion, and activism even more important.
KQIB — which you supporters recognized — has always been perhaps a bit ahead of the curve, just like the drag scene here in Columbus. Right now, while many Americans have become familiar with the idea of drag queens and of transgender individuals, as well as equal rights of marriage, there is still far too much confliation and confusion around the complexity of biology, sexuality, and gender — and how all that plays into the concept of identity itself. There is still a long way to go, baby… And I’ll admit that, alongside possibly the majority of Americans, I have deeply struggled since the election. But there are strong signs of hope. The Boy Scouts opened to trans* children. Katie Couric and National Geographic have a film event broadcasting next week; National Geographic’s cover story is on gender.
Together, we will get there. I promise to keep pushing forward, to keep engaging and speaking up, and I am so proud that you’re here with me on the KQIB road — and we’ll just keep chugging along.