Girls Will Be Bois is a documentary on female masculinity from an insider perspective which was shot between 2002-2007. The subjects in this series present a non-normative femininity and thus don’t have the ability to “pass“ as straight women or even as lesbian sex objects and thus confront homophobia along with class distinctions, racial prejudice and sexism in a unique combination and on an ongoing basis. Why is this documentary needed? In a 2001 study on lesbian youth Human Rights Watch noted, ‘Young lesbians do not experience sexism and homophobia as separate events; instead, the two forms of harassment are mutually reinforcing. It is simply impermissible for girls to reject boys. Thus lesbians, and particularly lesbians who identify as, or are perceived to be ‘butch’, are punished for violating gender norms and because of their sexual orientation. It is not surprising then that lesbians are frequently threatened with being raped, an act of violence aimed at achieving literal sexual domination.’ The veracity this finding was tragically observed in May of 2003 when Sakia Gunn was murdered. A fifteen-year-old butch, black lesbian from Newark, NJ, Sakia was stabbed to death for rejecting a man’s advance. Sakia Gunn’s untimely death was then compounded by the media’s neglect of her story. Kim Pearson, a professor of journalism at the College of New Jersey, found that in major newspapers 21 articles were published on Sakia in comparison to 659 about Matthew Shepard in the 7 months after their murders. Person also notes that not only were Shepard attackers tried and convicted during that period, but that it took nearly that long for Gunn’s accused murderer to even be indicted.