Renee

Renee

USA, 2011, 79 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Aging / Elders, Biography / History, Discrimination, Documentary, Male-to-Female, Parenting / Family, Sports, Transgender
Programs: Documentaries, Transgender Film Focus

DIRECTOR: Eric Drath

Expected Guests: director Eric Drath

West Coast Premiere

A champion athlete, ladies’ man and stellar academic, Richard Raskind was living every man’s dream—except he wished he were a woman. He struggled his entire life to repress his fantasy of living as Renée, the woman trapped within him who screamed to get out. Richard found diversions in young ladies, sports, and his time in the U.S. Special Forces. While in the service, his love and skill for tennis lead him to widespread acclaim in the amateur circuit, but nothing could assuage his deep desires to become Renée. Finally, in his 40s, when he was married with a son, Richard transitioned into the person he knew he truly was, Renée Richards.

This inspiring documentary tells the heroic story of Renée’s journey of self-acceptance. Her presence in the women’s tennis circuit caused a scandal that lead to her legal battle with the U.S. Tennis Association. In the 1977 Women’s Open Cup, she was the first ever transgender player, a major milestone in transgender awareness. She then became well-known as the coach of tennis champion Martina Navratilova. Sadly, Richards’ prominent public visibility severely damaged her relationship with her son, the dearest thing to her heart, which she is desperately working on to this day.

This must-see for documentary-lovers includes interviews with tennis greats Navratilova, Billie Jean King, and John McEnroe. If you need inspiration that any dream is possible, Renée’s extraordinary approach to life will make you believe.
— KYLIE MINONO

Text Voting Code: D322


Co-presented by:

Out & Equal
Gay & Lesbian Tennis Federation
TEEI



Sponsor:

KQED

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