Mobilizing working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens, the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.

“Princeton students were gripped by the film!"

Judy Jarvis, Director LGBT Center, Princeton University
Synopsis: 

As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy feat. Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places. Taking their equality campaign to small-town hair salons and regional beauty pageants, the activists mobilize working-class trans hairdressers and beauty queens to join the fight against their main political opponent, a homophobic evangelical preacher, and prove to the Filipino electorate that it’s time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously. But as outsiders trying to get inside the system, will they have to compromise their political ideals in order to win? Culminating on election day, OUT RUN provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

 

 

 

 

Reviews

“...essential viewing for understanding the convergence of transnational politics and sexualities today.”

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Distinguished Scholar of Feminist Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

“...an extremely astute investigation of the nature of LGBTQ politics, today, as national and international spectacle."

Richard Cante, Faculty Director, Program in Sexuality Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

“OUT RUN tells the stories of courageous trans* leaders navigating a hostile political world."

Andrew Reynolds, LGBT Representation & Rights Research Initiative, UNC-Chapel Hill

"An eye-opener of a documentary."

San Jose Mercury News

“Encourage(s) us to glean the translational properties of the term ‘transgender’, particularly when it is mobilized outside of the West... Out Run gifts us with the chance to revisit the labor and craft involved in demanding more just futures.” 

- Robert Diaz, Transgender Studies Quarterly