‘Stay on Board’ Review: Trans Skateboarder Leo Baker Kickflips History

‘Stay on Board’ Review: Trans Skateboarder Leo Baker Kickflips History
As with most ignorant pearl-clutching over trans rights, what often gets lost in the so-called “trans athlete debate” are the actual people whose lives are affected. Hand-wringing think pieces about the advantages of testosterone, biological sex differences, and the sanctity of public bathrooms are paper-thin smokescreens for maintaining a patriarchal status quo that keeps cisgender men in power. Instead of considering the trans youth who face immense challenges to receiving life-saving healthcare, family, and social support, such pieces typically focus on the cis women and girls who will supposedly be harmed by inclusion. Rarely do they celebrate the tenacity and skill of dedicated athletes who just want to compete.

In the Netflix documentary “Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story,” pro skater Leo Baker kickflips the script on this tedious debate, shredding preconceived notions about trans athletes with the same swagger he uses to attack the half-pipe. Beginning in 2019, the
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