Red Jordan Arobateau is a prolific San Francisco artist. (I created a page about Red and his long career.) Last Saturday, after almost a year, Red and I went out for an early bird dinner, and then visited Another Cafe on Pine Street.
Red let me video some of our conversation at the cafe. We had a fun, mature conversation about his life, career and more. I repeat: we had a mature conversation. Do not watch this video if you are offended by mature language and subject matter.
I first heard of Brace from my roommate, Ahav. “It’s great”, he said, “y’gotta see it!” Sometimes our film tastes overlap and I tried to remember the title so I could check it out.
Time passed and I forgot the title and I asked Ahav again. “Okay, Brace, got it.” Again the title did not stick in my mind. Fortunately, the creator of Brace, Jake Graf, tweeted; asking me to re-tweet the link to his film.
I enjoyed Brace, you gotta see it! Brace is an emotional, LGBT ride with surprises for the lucky viewer. As a writer, Jake Graf understands that our lives often refuse to take a clean, predictable path to our goals: we get bumped to the side, spun around and dirty. That’s where storytellers find drama. We must remember where we are going and get back on track (creating even more drama in the process).
Graf knows very well that gender transition all by itself creates drama. Graf did not make a simple transition/coming-out story. His characters take more risks, trying to figure out where they fit in life.
Thanks, Jake, for making Brace available to watch online.
In September, Kayden, a gay transman, discovered that he is pregnant. Although still equipped with his original female parts, Kayden was not one of those transmen who was trying to become pregnant. Naturally, this happy incident is changing his life. Through videos, Kayden and his husband are sharing their experience with the public.