“We wanted a youth perspective, we wanted an elder’s perspective, we wanted a trans Latina perspective, we wanted folk who were nonbinary,” Mock tells ET. The author and former ET special correspondent not only conducted the interviews in the film but also took the lead on selecting who to feature, starting with a list of 150 names. “For me, I wanted to have as much balance as possible, to show that trans-ness is so much more than what we often see in media, that our communities are plural and we're not a monolith.”
For Mock, that also meant showcasing people of all genders, something not normally seen in film or TV, whether it’s scripted (Orange Is the New Black, Sense8) or reality (I Am Cait, I Am Jazz). “Our culture has been obsessed with the idea of someone who previously presented as male and, as Caitlyn says, ‘who then give up that male privilege and go on to live as a woman,’” Mock says.
(Ironically enough, when Mock first went public with her story, the most famous trans person at the time was Chaz Bono. “So there was a trans masculine person in media,” she says. But he has been eclipsed by the likes of Cox and Jenner, who came out as transgender to 17 million people in 2015 during what Mock calls “this huge emergence of trans-ness.”)
While Mock was unable to get Bono to participate in the project, she did get to interview two personal heroes, Cossey and Griffin-Gracy.