Given America’s increasing wealth disparity and gender erosion, it was only a matter of time before the country’s first trans/drag/gay/queer street gang emerged. The 200+ members of Check It, as the gang is called, don’t think of it as a gang at all, but rather a sisterhood started out of necessity by three bullied 9th graders in Washington D.C.
A documentary in the works, co-produced by Steve Buscemi, will take a look at the band of mostly teens that, when not committing crimes and striking back at abusers, is hoping a fashion line will be their way out of the inner city. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched on Indiegogo to raise $60,000 to complete the film. At the time of this writing, they were about a third the way there.
“Our documentary subjects seem to be unlikely gang–bangers,” says the page on Indiegogo. “Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed and raped…They’ve now turned the tables, and they’re fighting back.”
Here’s the trailer…