Stanley/Sabrina Osborne is on a spiritual journey, seeking to reconcile her own “fatherhood” while posing as a Christian follower of the “father” God. Through “Bree,” Director Duncan Tucker humorously, but seriously confronts religious metanarrative, as he allows the main character Stanley/Sabrina Osborne to play Christianity as pure camp, a deeply ironic and humorous disguise for the transitioning transsexual. At the same time, the text of Transamerica is subversive, challenging assigned gender roles and exposing the range of gender ambiguity. Yet, it never fails to remind us of the actuality, the materiality of the suffering borne by the inner conflicted transsexual and the outer physical violence Stanley/Sabrina endures to ensure transition. Transamerica is a journey beyond the self and the soul; it is a journey toward reconciliation and redemption.
Juett, JoAnne C.
"Jesus "Camp": Camp, Christianity, and Gender Ambiguity in Transamerica,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 15
, Article 11.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol15/iss1/11