Out of the Celluloid Closet

This Forgotten 90s Comedy Understands What It’s Like to Grow Up Trans

I was at my best friend’s house for a sleepover, watching the movie North, when I experienced one of my first memorable panic attacks. It was at the very end of the film, as the child hero North (Elijah Wood) is running toward the open arms of his parents (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Jason Alexander) only to be shot in the back by a gun for hire. When I heard the shot, I remember screaming. I ran out of the room. My best friend, along with her mother, explained to me that nothing bad had happened. Elijah Wood hadn’t been shot. His parents were fine, and they were now reunited with their son: it was all a dream.

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