The reflections of Austin, a deaf transsexual, are documented during a pivotal stage in his transgendering process — undertaking “top surgery.” While Austin is comfortable with his deafness and refuses to “fix” his hearing, he is adamant about discarding the binder he has long used to flatten his breasts.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Austin’s female anatomy did not match his mind, heart or spirit. “I felt like I was wearing a Halloween costume,” he signs. James, Austin’s childhood friend, accompanies him to San Francisco (with a stop in Ashland) for his surgery and recovery as Lola, Austin’s girlfriend, lends love and support. Unbound at last, Austin is eager to get on with life. His journey is an inspiration to his community and beyond as he shares his intimate insights with self-awareness and humor. Sign-interpreted Q&A to follow screenings. [subtitles]