A short film portraying the everyday struggles nonbinary & transgender people face with ordinary tasks such as going to the washroom, getting a job or finding an apartment.
We start off introducing the spectrum of gender and how binaries control basic things in life such as our choice in clothing, how we speak and what kind of societal pressure will be bestowed upon you. As a nonbinary trans male person, I can safely say I am subject to more attention towards me and more criticism on my expression of gender. There are many different ways to express yourself, but just because you like wearing comfortable jeans and hoodies instead of typical ‘girl’ clothes, doesn’t make you transgender. This documentary will explain how different things in life that people will brush by, can be hard on someone trying to be a certain gender, like choosing which washroom you’ll get the least resistance from, or if you need to hide being trans because you don’t pass enough to identify as such. Many people don’t see these different struggles first hand, therefore I wanted to bring the viewers into the perspective of me and a few others on how we live our lives in a cis gendered world.
Meet The Documentary Subjects
Oli is nonbinary using any pronouns. They are a paleontologist and is working on a dig site in Ontario. As a member of the LGBTQ community, they are open with friends and not with family, as they are still closeted to some.
"I don't think I have a specific way that I try to present myself ever really. I've always worn what I wanted to wear and done what I wanted to do, said what I wanted to say. How I sound, which is my voice, has been deep forever. This is not a new thing. This was not deep before I knew what Enby was, let alone that I was it. "
Felix Graham (he/him)
Felix is a transgender male using he/him pronouns, currently taking a year off school to focus on work and avoid online classes. He is in the BFTV program, starting third year in September.
"I came out in a public Facebook post, along with a post on my Instagram and my Snapchat stories, because I am non-confrontational. I thought that was the easiest way to do it and I went over. I mean, there was a lot of pushback at the start... I think I completely blindsided mom, because prior to that, she'd be like, 'Hey, do you want to talk to someone about your gender?' And I was like, 'no, it's fine.' And so I guess she kind of shut down that idea. Cause I was like, no, it's fine. I don't want to talk about that because in my mind I was like, I got this all sorted out. I don't need to talk to anybody."
Bucky Adams (he/they)
Bucky is a transgender ftm, using they/he pronouns. They are currently taking a Criminology degree at Lakehead University Orillia Campus. He also recently got top surgery completed!
"The hardest parts I think were, initially when I was first finding a name that was hard, because one of the things that my parents put a lot of effort into was picking my name, and it meant a lot to my mom when she chose it. And then I told my mom and she was like, 'I don't care.' That was that. And then there's my Lola. She was Roman Catholic and so, she just didn't understand what was going on. We would explain it to her and stuff, and she just didn't understand what it meant. Then after we explained what it meant and she was like, 'What did I do wrong to make you the way that you are?' And I was like, 'you didn't do anything wrong. This is just who I am. This is not like anyone's fault.' "
Mac Sulyven (he/him)
Mac is a transgender man, who has been working since finishing high school. He is an advocate for the LGBTQ community and has been a big influence to the people around him.
"Before I had gone to kindergarten, I had many times voiced to my parents about not having the right anatomy, as my parents, like always, used specific gender or specific scientific gender markers at that point in time... things like sex organs. Otherwise, they were very forward, just for safety reasons. I always was like ... that's not right. So, it was when I hit kindergarten, I realized that people were mean and I kind of closeted. We all crawl in one point."
Sky is nonbinary and transmasculine, using they/them pronouns. They are currently in their third year of BFTV at Sheridan College and continues to create LGBTQ content for the world to see.
"I definitely want to start on hormone blockers. I think it would definitely help with a lot of my confidence in myself. Especially the voice, because that's the first thing that changes and that's one of the most conscious things I notice about myself. I just don't like listening to my voice because it's so high pitched to myself. I actually lower my voice intentionally a lot of the time to try to present more male, but you can still hear those inflections that I just... I can't deal with."
A Day in the Life of They
~ A short documentary about struggles transgender people face ~
Additional Content & Influencers
"My videos have changed from talking about my personal transition to providing information for the trans community and people on the outside who are curious/interested in learning how to be a better ally. I also make funny videos and random vlogs with my friends."
"Just another LGBT guy from the UK making videos in his bedroom."
Planned Parenthood Toronto
36B Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto, ON M5R 1A9 Canada
A safe area for sexual and mental health
Meet The Team
Sky Kearley (Director & Producer) They/Them pronouns, Nonbinary Transmasculine, leader of this project.
I am Sky Kearley, a director and editor in my third year of college. I decided to make this documentary as it is a close subject to me and I want to make more content for the LGBTQ community.
Matthew Sahagian (Editor & Sound) He/Him pronouns, cis ally, as the editor.
My name is Matt, and I’m the editor for this project. I love putting stories together, and for this in particular I was excited to work on something with important themes, and I’m very proud of the final product.
Gabriel Moor (Cinematographer) He/Him pronouns, cis bisexual man, as the DOP of this project.
I'm Gabe and I am in my third year of BFTV degree. In making this documentary, I had a lot of struggles with Covid restrictions, but still was able to help with b-roll for this film.
Alex Buckenroth (VFX) He/They, transgender ftm, as leading VFX for this project.
I’m Alex Buckenroth, a third year Sheridan student specializing in editing and VFX. As a queer person, I know the importance of listening to and learning from other LGBT people’s experiences. I’m excited to be bringing this story to life with graphics and VFX.
Ryan Hadwen-Hussar (Transmedia) He/Him pronouns, cis ally, as head of transmedia.
I'm Ryan, a cinematographer in my third year at Sheridan College. I've been interested in this documentary to further educate myself about the LGBTQ community and help share people's voices :).