In “Born to Be,” Tania Cypriano’s moving and fascinatingly forward-looking documentary about the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City, we meet a handful of eager, at times desperate people who are engaged in the existential medical conundrum of doing everything they can to become the people they are.
Making the person you are on the outside match the person you are on the inside is the mission of the Mount Sinai CTMS, the first medical center of its kind in America.
In 2015, the state of New York passed a law requiring health insurance to cover transgender-related services; it’s the ninth state in the country to have such a law. That tells you, in raw numbers, how new all of this is — not trans culture, which is as old as human nature, but the treatment of trans culture as a proud and healthy dimension of our society.
The film gives viewers a glimpse of what’s coming: a time when, in all of America and the rest of the world, trans people, and the medical care and procedures they need, cease in any way to be exotic.
“Born to Be” recently made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival.
Read the story at Variety.
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