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Cyn Lubow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Filmmaker

By: Kimberly Zhong and Albert Huang

      A team of interns had the opportunity to interview Cyn Lubow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Filmmaker, whose movie will be screened tonight at a NCAL genKP event. As a lesbian mother of two, Cyn was inspired to make her first film after experiencing her oldest son leaving home for the first time. During our interview, she described a child moving to college as the “The Fifth Stage of Labor,” where mothers endure bittersweet emotions as they watch their kids become independent. The film was about this delicate stage in a mother’s life.

      After all the wonderful experiences creating her first film, she decided to try her hand at creating a documentary, and started off with, “A Womb of Their Own.” Inspired by the great strides the transgender community had made, Cyn decided to shed light on gender non-normativity. “A lot has happened in the last 3 years—Caitlyn Jenner, Lavern Cox,” she explains, “but there are a lot of people left out; my hypothesis is that there were people who didn’t fit… didn’t fit in either of the two boxes of male or female. What if they wanted to wear a dress or a skirt and a beard? How are gender and sexual preference connected or not connected?” This is when Cyn decided to focus on pregnancy with masculine-identifying individuals: “pregnancy is such a sacred female experience in our culture, in anyone’s culture. What if I found individuals who identified in a masculine way, but also wanted to get pregnant?”

      But the journey wasn’t easy—finding subjects for example: “I certainly didn’t envision everything I ended up with. First of all—I didn’t know who my subjects were going to be.” However, Cyn Lubow networked her all around the country—talking to everyone she knew, talking to people who knew somebody who knew somebody… She even searched online on pregnant men. Her endeavors were well worth the effort, as her documentary features 6 diverse individuals on their journey through pregnancy. Drawing on her psychotherapist background, Cyn would “ask them questions, almost similar to how [she] would ask in a therapy session as a therapist. I was hoping that it would be therapeutic for the people I was talking to, and also therapeutic for the people watching the film.”

      KP Pride and genKP are partnering to screen Cyn Lubow’s feature documentary film: A Womb of Their Own on Movie Night August 11th. Join us as we follow these subjects who experience their gender different than simply male or female. As Cyn reminds us, “Whatever you are, there is room for it, and there should be a celebration for it.”