Ami Polonsky’s novel, Gracefully Grayson, is being adapted into a feature film by blacklist writer Henry Alberto (who also penned the script for the book to screen adaptation of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe). Alberto, who identifies as non-binary, is thrilled to take on the novel about a transgender middle schooler. It’s very important for stories like this to be told, and for people of various sexual orientations and gender identities to be represented on screen.
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The novel tells the story of a sixth-grader named Grayson Sender. Grayson struggles with keeping the secret that she is transgender. At home, she feels freer but in school, she feels as if she has to hide. One day, an incident occurs and Grayson ends up befriending someone that helps her become more comfortable in her skin and unafraid to be who she is. The book is now required reading for different schools across the country, and it’s amazing to see these schools becoming more open to books that aren’t the norm. In my opinion, there are multiple books of a similar message that should be required reading as well, such as The Hate U Give, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Thirteen Reasons Why.
The production company that green-lit this adaptation, Paperclip, also brought to life another inclusive film of note: Gossamer Folds. This movie is about a boy named Tate that moves to a new town and befriends his neighbors, and one of them just happens to be transgender. I hope these two features will push other production companies to become more inclusive with their films, but for now, get out and catch this one!
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