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Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Skater seeks true self in gender-identity docu; language.

Movie NR 2022 73 minutes
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Viewers can assuredly embrace this inspiring and down-to-earth documentary about self-discovery. "I think I was three years old, and I'd stand outside and watch my two foster brothers skate," recalls Baker in Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story. "I would skate all the time and try to learn how to kickflip." Baker, who was assigned female at birth, also reflects on the moments "when I was younger, I remember just being like, 'No, like I'm a boy.'"

As an adult, Baker is determined to go for the dream of becoming a pro skateboarder and also considers transition surgery while experiencing "like I'm living a split life" in the gender-specific sport. With support from family and friends, Baker contemplates life-defining decisions and gets favorable feedback. "I think about kids," says Baker's mom Donna, "that never have that opportunity to have a parent that they could come to and say, 'You know what mom? I'm gay. You know what mom, I'm trans.' And it's OK."

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