YOUR FAT FRIEND – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

At 350 pounds, Aubrey Gordon doesn’t mind the word fat. She finds the euphemisms worse. Curvy. Husky. More to love. The focus of the documentary Your Fat Friend, Gordon just might cause you to reevaluate how you view fatness, thanks to her frank talk and engaging personality. Enjoyably thought-provoking, the film covers her rise from an anonymous blogger to best-selling author and podcaster (Maintenance Phase, with co-host Michael Hobbes) while demonstrating how essential her attitude and advocacy are.

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SEAHORSE: THE DAD WHO GAVE BIRTH – Review by Martha K Baker

At 30, Britisher Freddy McConnell chose to have a child. He is transgender, so he had to stop his female-to-male hormone treatments to return to being female in order to conceive and deliver. McConnell, a freelance journalist, felt responsible for telling his story. So he invited The Guardian, the newspaper where he worked, into the production and Jeanie Finlay to direct the process.

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SEAHORSE: THE DAD WHO GAVE BIRTH – Review by Leslie Combemale

In Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay gets full access to the experience of transgender parental-hopeful Freddie McConnell. Freddie navigates acting on the commitment to have his first child biologically, by preparing his body and mind to allow for pregnancy, and going through what only a transgender man might experience in doing so.

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