Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality of pregnancy, as both a physical experience and one that challenges society's fundamental understanding of gender, parenthood, and family. Freddy quickly realizes that what to him feels pragmatic is deeply confusing and confronting to others. Against a backdrop of increasing hostility toward trans people the world over, Freddy is forced to confront his own naivete, mine unknown depths of courage, and lean on every friend and family member who will stand by him. Made with unprecedented access and collaboration over three years, the film follows Freddy from preparing to conceive right through to birth. “Seahorse” is an intimate, audacious, and lyrical story about conception, pregnancy, birth, and what makes us who we are.
With a panel that includes moderator Amy Eisen Cislo, chair of the 2019 Transgender Spectrum Conference; subject Cidny Bullens and director T.J. Parsell of "The Gender Line"; D. Kenan Omurtag, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Washington University; and subject Pidgeon Pagonis of "A Normal Girl."
Co-presented with the 2019 Transgender Spectrum Conference (Nov. 8-9 at Washington University)
A profile of transgender rock star Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy Bullens), who once sang in Elton John’s band.