The story of Brandon Teena, according to author John M. Sloop in "Disciplining the Transgendered: Brandon Teena, Public Representation, and Normativity" is described as "fascinating enough, and emotional enough, that most people remember its outline with very little prompting." The story of Brandon Teena, as you may know, is that of a transgendered man, one that started his life as female, that moved to Falls City, Nebraska, in order to live his life peacefully and away from anyone that would know about his past.
The Real Brandon Teena Story and the beginning of Boys Don't Cry are emotionally exhausting. I do hope that some of you have an opportunity to watch all of Boys Don't Cry. We will be discussing these after break. In the meantime, if you need some help processing the two films and thinking about them next to one another, here are a couple of people who have tried to think about them together, with varying degrees of success: