“No Fats, No Femmes” Explores Masculine Identity And Race In The Gay Community

"Some people argue that it's just what they like, instead of acknowledging the racist and misogynistic implications of the term."

It’s no secret that dating sites and hookup apps can often bring out the worst in people.

Whether it’s “masc only” requests, or even worse, a dismissal of an entire race, profiles often paint a very thin line between preference and discrimination.

Performance artist Jamal Lewis is looking to shine a light on this issue with his new documentary, No Fats, No Femmes.

The feature-length film will focus on desire and body image in the gay community.

On his IndieGogo Page for the project, Lewis goes into greater detail about his plans for the film.

No Fats, No Femmes interrogates and explores desire and the ways in which it is deeply informed by media, pop culture, and capitalism through interviews, archival research, and performance. The film critically engages the phrase “no fats, no femmes,” which is popularly used on queer social networking/dating sites to describe one’s dating preferences, through the personal narrative(s) of 5 Black and Brown gender-non-conforming, queer, trans, fat, femme, and disabled people.

No Fats, No Femmes is critically important because it offers a profound perspective regarding issues of race, fatness, and desirability that has been deliberately silenced. The film is in the early stages of development and pre-production and desperately need funding and resources for equipment, crew, travel, and personnel costs and expenses.”

Click here to help support the project, and watch Lewis’ pitch for the documentary below.

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.