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Must-See Trans Skateboarding Doc Stay On Board Is Heading To Netflix

Must-See Trans Skateboarding Doc ‘Stay On Board’ Is Heading To Netflix

Must-See Trans Skateboarding Doc ‘Stay On Board’ Is Heading To Netflix
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The film, which makes its debut at Outfest this month, heads to the streaming service next — and sooner than you think.

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Skateboarder Leo Baker was well on their way to the Tokyo Olympics when they shocked the sporting world by coming out as trans to Time Magazine and withdrawing from the competition. “Being categorized as a woman in events was just not for me. I’ve been competing for 17 years, and in that space, there’s always been internal conflict. It got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore,” they wrote at the time.

Their journey is the basis of the upcoming documentary Stay On Board: The Leo Baker Story. According to the logline, the film is “a raw and immersive feature film that follows competitive skateboarding icon Leo Baker in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. As he faces the sharpening stakes and intensifying disconnect between how the world sees him and who he knows himself to be, the pressure to keep on the course or be true to himself comes to a career and a life-defining turning point. Stay on Board is Leo’s journey balancing the gendered world of sports, transition, society, and skate culture, which ultimately leads him to the punkest thing imaginable.”

The film is from executive producers Drew Barrymore, Alex Schmider (Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD), Ember Truesdell, Marisa Clifford, and Thomas Benski.

Stay on Board is set to debut at this year’s Outfest Los Angeles, which is being held July 14 to 24. For those unable to attend, the wait to get your eyes on it won’t be very long as Netflix is set to stream the doc beginning August 11.

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.