Southern Comfort

I saw this documentary, Southern Comfort, a few months ago and have been meaning to post about it ever since. It was a really touching story, and an interesting look into the life of a few transgender people living in the Deep South. The focus of the movie is a trans man, Robert Eads. It’s about his story and battle with ovarian cancer (which he eventually succumbs to) and the people in his life, including his partner, Lola, pictured here.

What makes Robert’s story particularly remarkable is that he had tried to get a hysterectomy during his transition, but his doctors refused. The procedure would have saved his life, as he eventually was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. His other friends in the film also talk about the transphobia they faced in receiving necessary medical care. It’s a serious issue, and not just for trans people living in the rural south.

It’s a great documentary, I highly recommend it. Southern Comfort is also the name of a yearly trans convention that happens in Atlanta, Georgia.


4 thoughts on “Southern Comfort

  1. Kim, DoulaMomma August 15, 2008 / 6:22 pm

    I recall hearing about this somewhere – maybe NPR? Meant to seek it out then – it looks wonderful.

  2. davi August 17, 2008 / 12:52 am

    thanks for the post on this. recently, i have started working in health care and have been horrified by the injustices based in pure transphobia (people doing and saying things that aren’t even medically accurate!) that trans people are facing in when seeking care.

  3. abookwithoutacover August 26, 2008 / 11:56 pm

    I am definitely going to see this! Do you mind if I link it on my blog?

  4. radicaldoula August 27, 2008 / 12:00 am

    Of course not! Link away 🙂

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