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Transgender Tuesdays2012

A Clinic in the Tenderloin

  • 4.0
Twelve transgender pioneers of the first Public Health clinic in the United States share stories of their amazing life experiences in the "bad old days" with humor and insight. Compassionate healthcare changed their lives, even as the Tom Waddell Health Center in the Tenderloin of San Francisco ushered in "informed consent" as the new international model of care.

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Member Reviews (4)

I love this documentary because it brings awareness to the MOST marginalized sector of our society. Watch this and do what you can to help the Trans community.

Excellent, informative, interesting.

I must say I do miss the raucous hallway of Tom Waddell's Transgender Tuesdays--even though I was one of the quiet ones who would happily explain what it was like to "go the other way" if asked but otherwise just took it all in. I learned quite a lot just sitting and listening!

This film takes a very down-to-earth look at some of the first trans* people to get medical care at Tom Waddell and the visionary medical staff who opened the clinic and established the humane, rational ethos that has informed its practice ever since. No sensationalism here, as the stories are told from inside the clinic, in their voices. Besides evoking a bit of misty-eyed nostalgia in me (twenty years--was that a long time ago?) this film tells mainly of a seemingly simple and compassionate decision not only to accept people however they are able to show up but also to respect them as the experts on their own lives. The Transgender Tuesday Clinic as portrayed here instantiates that decision as what should have already been a rather mundane institution but was conspicuously missing for us trans* folk: medical care without humiliation or coercion.

So happy I finally got to see this, and very glad that it is being distributed far and wide. Not only for the sake of other trans* people in other places besides the San Francisco Bay Area, but also as a documentary on a crucial segment of LGBTQI history in the US.

I FOUND THIS DOCUMENTARY TO BE VERY INFORMATIVE AND ENLIGHTENING. I HAD NO IDEA OF THE SUFFERING OF THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. BEING BLACK AND HAVE 60 YRS THUS FAR I KNOW FAR TOO WELL WHAT DICRIMINATION, PREJUDICE, AND HATERED IS ALL ABOUT. THANK GOD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE STEPPED FORWARD TO HELP THEM TO GET THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEEDED AS WELL AS GIVING THEM RESPECT AND DIGNITY FOR WHO THEY AND NOT WHAT THEY ARE. THEY ARE ONLY ASKING TO BE TREATED AS A HUMAN BEING AND NOT LIKE TRASH. HOW CAN SOME PEOPLE BE SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL. WE WILL ALL HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT FOR WHAT WE'VE SAID AND DONE IN THIS LIFE. SO PEOPLE WAKE UP TIME IS RUNNING OUT.