Disney-owned Hulu acquired the rights to “Changing the Game,” a documentary on biological boys and girls in high school who wish to compete in sporting events of the opposite sex.
The documentary will begin streaming July 1 and is part of the streaming service’s “LGBT Pride Month.” As one could have predicted in today’s woke entertainment space, “Changing the Game” has received high acclaim. It debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019. That year, it took honors as Best Documentary Feature at L.A. Outfest and was nominated for Documentary Feature in the American Film Festival. The film won the Audience Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
“Changing the Game” follows three transgender student-athletes who receive success by competing in sporting events of the opposite sex. One character is Mack Beggs, a biological female who identifies as a boy. Beggs became the Texas state wrestling champion in the girls’ division after being pumped with hormones to become more artificially masculine.
Another character in the documentary is Andraya Yearwood, a biological male who has become a star in girls’ sports. In April 2017, Yearwood won first place in the Connecticut girls’ 100- and 200-meter dashes. The student does not take puberty blockers, which even Vice News acknowledged “could have contributed to an advantage.” Three Connecticut students and their families have filed lawsuits to prohibit biological boys from playing in girls’ sporting events, and they are represented by conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom.
The film release comes after several states in the country have put forth legislation to protect girls’ sports and prohibit transgender minors from participating in events of the opposite sex. This week, the West Virginia House of Delegates advanced a bill to Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s desk on banning such participation. Lawmakers in Tennessee, Idaho, Arkansas, and Mississippi have already banned biological men from participating in women’s sports.
The NCAA announced this week it will pull championships from any states that do not permit transgender participation. “Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport,” the organization said. “Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect.”
Hulu’s documentary is just the latest controversial project for the streaming service. The Disney-owned company acquired the rights to a docuseries on the ahistorical New York Times “1619 Project” in early April.