Assigned Female at Birth, a queer web series about some bodies

Assigned Female at Birth, a queer web series about some bodies

3 Seasons

Assigned Female at Birth, originally fueled by the remote filming techniques and devised construction necessitated by the pandemic, blends mockumentary grid choruses with narrative storytelling in representing outlier identities in the queer community. The 35 characters, like their real-life counterparts, have been taught from birth that their bodies can never be good enough. Not able enough, not straight enough, not cis enough, not thin enough, not white enough, not gay enough, not femme enough, not butch enough, not young enough…the list goes on. All feel invisible; all struggle to be seen.

And whether the prejudice they fight is ableism or racism, homophobia or transphobia or misogyny, whether they seek healing from #metoo issues or disabilities they’ve had since birth, they reach for life with courage. Bold, frightened, vulnerable, ridiculously strong, they are, above all things, woke.

They are Zander, the agender trans man rejected by zir much older Latinx lover, Melanie, zir asexual sister, Makayla, a lesbian married to a trans man who so wants to use the new penis she hates, and Daire, the non-binary therapist who has kept their own diagnosis of multiple personalities a secret for decade. They and the people they love refuse to be defined by the ableist, homophobic, sexist culture that wages war on their bodies. They point the way to new vocabularies, struggling free of every box into identities they name for themselves. And they do this, almost always, with humor.

CONTENT WARNING: Profanity throughout. Content about suicide and ableism.

Assigned Female at Birth, a queer web series about some bodies
  • Assigned Female At Birth (S1, E6) You Want Me Right?

    Episode 1

    The AFAB's talk about intersectionality and both/and, including polyamory and monogamy. Makayla and Carl reminisce. She tells him to "just go." Sofia reaches out to Melanie, who choruses on #metoo issues. Carl moves in with Zander.

  • Assigned Female at Birth (S1, E1): The Dress and the Hair

    Episode 2

    Zander wants to get married in a dress, but Sofia's not having it. Meanwhile, the other trans men speak their truth, Makayla's chorus of Black women talk about hair and their mothers, and Makayla finds Daire, a new queer therapist. Zander relates zir manifesto.

  • Assigned Female at Birth (S1, E2) Size and Siblings

    Episode 3

    Zander's sister Melanie fights back against fatphobia with her doctor, Daire remembers falling in love with Bailey right before seeing Melanie as a client for the first time. (And finding out Melanie is potentially suicidal.)

  • Assigned Female At Birth (S1, E3) - Having Babies

    Episode 4

    Zander wants to have a baby and Sofia is again, not having it. Other parents weigh in, but Zander turns to his friend Carl, Makayla's husband. Meanwhile, Makayla goes to see Sofia and fails a Bechdel test.

  • Assigned Female at Birth (S1, E4): Lighting a Fire with Pee

    Episode 5

    Daire's chorus of people with disabilities talk about ableism. Bailey asks Daire to marry them, but Daire needs time to consult with their personalities. Bailey consults about wanting a penis. Melanie tries to get Sofia and Zander to make up.

  • Assigned Female at Birth (S1, E5): The Non-binary Peeps at the Potluck

    Episode 6

    Daire and Bailey tell the story of how they met after chorusing with other non-binary people. Sofia shows up at Zander's after moving out and Melanie makes another peacemaker attempt.