In this Boys On Film review, Phil, Raj and Sean take on one of BFI Flare’s important documentary film selections with Mama Gloria.

From IMDB: Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen blazed a trail for trans people like few others before her. Born in 1945, she grew up amid the celebrated Black “sissy” balls on Chicago’s South Side and transitioned after high school with the love and support of the women in her family.

Know your herstory children. Mama Gloria was there before RuPaul’s Drag Race and not even Mama Ru can hold a match to Gloria.

If you love a good talking head documentary like we do, Mama Gloria will deliver indeed. I hope in my older age, I can be even a quarter as charming and put together as Mama Gloria. 

Mama Gloria is still on the festival circuit, so check out the official website to find out the next online screening is taking place. Seek this film out kids – its worth your time.

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