The Same Difference

“The Same Difference” by Nneka Onuoraha is a documentary  about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians. The Same Difference, through a series of lesbian women stories discusses the hypocrisy in terms of gender roles and the per formative expectations.  Examining tensions in the lesbian community over race and gender expression.  For bi, lesbian, and queer women of color dealing with discrimination within their own community has sadly become an all to common occurrence. Director Nneka hopes to bring greater visibility to this on going issue. With the documentary “The Same Difference.” Bringing togther a diverse cast of same-gender loving women (including The Wire’s Felicia Snoop Pearson, The Read’s Crissle West, Model AzMarie Livingston and more). This documentary hopes to break these segregated barriers and unite a community of fellow sisters.

The Aggresives Told Their Stories

Ten years after The Aggressives told the story of ag lesbians (or black women who prefer more masculine attire and stature).  The Same Difference interviews well-known figures like Snoop Pearson (The Wire), Lea Delaria (Orange is the New Black), AzMarie Livingston (Empire) and Dee Pimpin (Catfish).  As well as, friends and other people in the community. Who share their strong opinions on whether they think the policing of our identities are helpful or hurtful. Without condemning any of the participants or their thoughts, The Same Difference examines the relationships the black queer female community has with itself and within the larger scope of the LGBT rainbow.  Nneka Onuorah decided to make a documentary about discrimination in the lesbian community. The director stating, “I’ve seen it so much, growing up in the community.  As I was growing up, a lot of times I got discriminated against for not picking a side you know. Not picking the more masculine side all the time and not necessarily picking the more feminine side. So, I wanted to create content that liberated and changed lives. I also was trying to make my transition from television into film.  I thought the best way to do that was to do it through content that really meant something to me personally and that would help liberate people. Unfortunately in media, lesbians are kind of the lowest on the totem pole as far as the LGBT community. There is not a lot of us represented on television besides, “The L Word” and definitely for the urban community of lesbians, there’s definitely not a platform. So, I wanted to create that platform and I wanted to kind of help change the environment and kind of be an activist in my art.”