With lots of support for young girls and women struggling with eating disorders, many excluded from this narrow grouping have begun asking “what about us?” Body image is a big issue for a lot of gay males.
Filmmaker Travis Mathews created the documentary Do I Look Fat? based on his own experiences finding support for an eating disorder. An accompanying screening guide probes ideas of community, vulnerability and challenging stereotypes. It could be applied to any group looking to discuss body image concerns in the gay community.
The documentary can be purchased online, and Mathews recommends partnering with a local community organization or club chapter to produce a film screening. This allows you to double your resources and your reach.
If you don’t have any money to spend presenting a screening, consider showing the trailer and using the screening guide as a jump-off point for broader discussion.