Netflix Creates Transgender Resource Site for 'Girl' Film
Published Mar 15, 2019Netflix has launched a resource site in conjunction with the arrival of the Golden Globe-nominated film Girl.
The Belgian film, directed by Lukas Dhont, tells the story of a 15-year-old transgender girl pursuing a professional ballet career, while preparing for sexual reassignment surgery.
Due to the "sexual content, graphic nudity and an act of self-harm," however, the streaming service has issued both a viewer discretion warning at the beginning of the film, as well as a link to a resource centre.
The website's homepage contains the message:
The actions portrayed in this work of fiction are extremely dangerous and should not be attempted. Genital mutilation, hormone overdose, and acting against trans-competent medical advice are life-threatening behaviors likely to make gender-affirming surgeries impossible. Safe options and transgender resources exist if you or a loved one wish to medically transition. If you are considering self-harm or suicide, support is available. You are not alone.
Additionally, there are links to the Trevor Project and TrevorSpace, as well as to GLAAD's Transgender Resources page.
There is also a short feature with Nora Monsecour, whose own story inspired the film.
"My name is Nora Monsecour. The film Girl is inspired by my journey to become a professional dancer," she said in a statement. "While we were making this movie, we sought to capture some of my experiences; that said, it is but one portrait of a life in the trans community. I want to remind you that if you are struggling there are people who can help. You are not alone, and you are part of a strong, beautiful, and resilient community."
Watch that Netflix featurette below, as well as the trailer for Girl. It's available on Netflix as of today.