launched the trailer
for “Changing the Game,” a timely new documentary, on Monday, kicking off LGBTQ Pride
The film, which will be available on Netflix
on June 1, follows the lives of three young transgender athletes
who have made a name for themselves in competitive sports
despite enormous obstacles.
“Being transgender is not a choice,” New Hampshire skier Sarah Huckman says in the trailer. “Would it be fair for me to compete on the boys’ team? No. I am a girl, that’s who I am.” Wrestler Mack Beggs, who was forced to compete in a girls’ competition in 2017 due to Texas
regulations, adds: “I’ve definitely been bullied by more adults than kids.”
“Changing the Game,” directed by Michael Barnett, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, with the Hollywood
Reporter calling it a “stirring, sharply crafted film,” and Out magazine praising it for treating “trans teens as subjects and not objects, allowing them to step into their own powers as accidental advocates for change.”
The trailer for "Changing the Game" can be viewed below.
Executive producer Alex Schmider described “Changing the Game” as a “movie for everyone” in a 2019 interview.
“It’s for people
who like visually compelling and inspirational sports stories of fierce struggle and powerful resilience,” Schmider continued, “and it’s for anyone who wants to feel something, is open to being moved, and appreciates good storytelling.”
The documentary's release on Hulu couldn't come at a better time, as at least 30 states have introduced legislation aimed at the transgender community. In March, Mississippi
became the first state to enact legislation prohibiting young trans athletes from participating on women's sports teams, following a federal court's rejection of a similar Idaho
law last year.
Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed House Bill 1233 into law last week, denying transgender students and staff in public schools access to restrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identity