The film weaves together stories like a fictional narrative, offering a polyphonic portrait of American lives. The setting is New York, but the tales have resonance far beyond its borders -- just as the city attracts citizens from all over the world.
Among the people we follow are:
A tough, cool, working-class Latina from Queens with a gift for storytelling and a knack for falling in love.
An eighty-year-old English painter who grew up in the London Blitz and later sought refuge as a gay man in New York. He now teaches art to Alzheimer’s patients.
An exuberant bisexual woman who has forged a highly successful career as a director of gay adult film.
A young, street-smart Haitian man who grew up gender-identified as female. He brings the story of his journey to breathtaking life. During his transition, he lived with his family in Coney Island, who were sometimes supportive and sometimes not.
A Brooklyn lesbian couple who met as undergraduates at Yale 25 years ago, and now manage demanding careers while raising twins. The kids are wonderfully frank about what it's like to have two moms.
A New York City politician who was a major force in passing New York State's same-sex marriage bill. He describes how his painful experience of being gay-bashed as a young man has fed his politics.
In the course of the film, we get to know these people intimately and discover their many sides. And through them we explore some of the different ways queer people live now.