I'm Not Les: A Transgender Story (2012)

I'm Not Les
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For almost 70 years, Sherri hid herself from the world. Everyone knew her as Les, a welder, a husband and a father. Follow her journey to establish her new identity and find a place in the world.

About the Film

I'm Not Les: A Transgender Story

For almost 70 years, Sherri hid herself from the world. Everyone knew her as Les, a welder, a husband and a father. She was a biological male, but her physical gender didn’t match the way she felt about who she was.

Like many people in this country living with Gender Identity disorder, she was ostracized, harassed, and abused throughout her life. In fact, ninety percent of people expressing a transgendered identity report being harassed and discriminated against at school and at work. The unemployment rate for transgendered people is double that of the general population. More than 40 percent of transgendered people attempt suicide at least once.

“I’m not Les” is the deeply personal account of one woman’s journey to create an identity and find her place in the world. Follow Sherri, from childhood to womanhood, as she struggles to fit in, to find love, and to accept herself.

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About the Filmmaker

About Daniel Kopec

Daniel Kopec is an eight-time Emmy Award winning writer, director and producer with more than 10 years in the industry. Prior to joining KCTS 9, he served as the executive producer at KBTC Public Television where he wrote and produced the award-winning series "Full Focus," the public affairs program "Northwest Now," and the documentaries "We Are Them," "Might in Flight," and "Purdy".

Kopec has been a contributing producer to programs on NBC, CNN, VH-1 and Fox Sports International. As an independent producer his projects have been screened at the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Bahamas International Film Festival, and the Gene Siskel Art Center.

Comments

10/17/14
I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.
02/14/13

Yes, I where can I find a copy as well?

10/09/12

Now we're putting males with delusion mental illnesses telling them they're female into female washrooms and saunas. What next? Can we look forward to having to share gym and pool change areas and hospital ward rooms (with their communal bathroom) with severely disturbed males?

I think I'm Napolean Bonaparts. Now hand over France.

04/04/13

You may well be Napolean. He was a physically and mentaly impaired little twerp who came to power and attempted to force his moralities and beliefs on millions causing untold suffering and needless death. Maybe you are Hitler. Good luck little small minded, prejudiced being. Maybe you have a place in this world. I wonder though, are you so very perfect that you can pass judgement? Jesus? humm?

08/28/12

Great article, This must be a very inspiring story , I also came across with a similar documentary and she did undergo SRS even at the age of 60 ladyboy documentary. They are real people, real live.

03/09/12

I thought your documentary on transgender was very interesting, and .think every person should feel good about the choices they make
in life that make them happy.

02/29/12

Great job on the transgender documentary.
A special kudo should go to Michael werner
and Katie Campbell.

02/27/12

I admire her strength too. To go ahead and face obstacles and rejection, lose her job but ultimately live her life being her true self. It's nice to see the group of folks she goes dancing with accept her too.

02/27/12

Wow! I just watched the documentary "I'm not Les" and it was an eye opener. It must have been really hard for Sherrie to be the woman she is and I admire her strength and the courage it took her to do what she did. There were also some very good links on the page that I followed. They made me feel much more comfortable in taking this journey. I know I truly am not alone.

02/27/12

Thank you for sharing this important story with the world. Life can be very tough for trans people, especially because of the diagnosis "Gender Identity Disorder." The word "disorder" usually indicates a negative feeling, while being a different gender inside vs. outside isn't negative at all. It's still quite common for transgendered individuals not to be accepted within the GLBTQ community, much less the straight community. Bullying and parental non-acceptance are rampant and thoughts of suicide are high.

I'm glad Sherri finally feels like herself and is happy with her enhanced body. Not a different body, as she stated, but the same body with some modifications.

Films like these should be shown in school. :)

02/27/12

What a painful thing to watch. We turned it off after 15 minutes.

This person is NOT what many men and women who transition experience's are like. I really feel for kids out there who are trying to figure themselves out, or maybe going though their transition, or coming out to their parents....and this is the vision of what their life will be like? Ugh, sorry, this person has a steep hill to climb, but it doesn't represent many of us who simply have different backgrounds and experiences from other men and women.

My own transition was pretty uneventful and I was surrounded by great, supportive people... Nowadays in my day to day life most don't know I ever transitioned. I guess stories like this don't make good, sensational tv though... (thankfully)

03/29/12

Pippy,

I agree that this doc was hard to watch but I was glued to the TV. I could not believe that Sherri still wanted to transition at this late age. I knew that it would be hard and that hill that she would have to climb would be unsurmountable for many but she was still choosing to be true to herself. I cried and cried out of pure admiration for the entire 30 mins.

I kept thinking how it must feel like to have parents who just did not like who you were and abused you. Ideas have changed over the last 50 years, you are lucky to have a supportive network around you.

02/24/12

This story was beautifully done. Gender Identity Disorder is such a misunderstood condition. I hope her story is widely viewed, perhaps it could clear up some popular misconceptions. Sherri is just like anyone else, she was just wearing the wrong clothes. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

02/18/12

Would like to obtain a copy of this program

Thank you

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