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Bakersfield College Social Justice Institute Hosts “Real Boy” Film Screening & Discussion

Written by California Humanities Board Member, and Professor of History at Bakersfield College, Dr. Oliver Rosales 

The Bakersfield College Social Justice Institute hosted a wonderful screening and panel discussion of the new award-winning documentary REAL BOY on March 16th. The film, funded in part by a documentary grant from California Humanities, follows the story of a young transgender youth, Bennett Wallace, as he transitions gender to a “real boy.” Over 100 people attended the screening and engaged in a community dialogue with California Humanities Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot, REAL BOY director Shaleece Haas, and Jack Bockover from the Sexuality and Gender Awareness (S.A.G.A.) Club of Bakersfield College.

Read the full blog here.


REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Visit the film website for more information.

Read a poignant Community Voices piece written by California Humanities President & CEO Julie Fry about the event here.


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