No Fats, No Femmes is a feature length documentary about desire and body image in gay male communities through the eyes and experiences of Jamal Lewis, a 27 year old black fat femme. Sparked by their personal experience(s) of rejection and outsiderness within the LGBT community, Jamal interrogates and explores how the modern proliferation of anti-fat and anti-fem bias on hookup and dating site/apps is reproduced beyond the bedroom and how it significantly impacts how many young queer people see themselves and each other.
‘No Fats, No Fems’ is a ubiquitous phrase gay men use to describe their preferences or whom they do not want to hookup with, love, and/or socialize with. This, along with a number of endless discriminatory terms like ‘No Blacks, No Asians, No Trannys, No Poz, No Old Heads’ is usually followed by “Masc(uline) and In-Shape Only.” These “preferences”: (1) attach negative associations to the former; and (2) attaches a currency to the latter.” What is it as a world that we have done to ourselves? What are we going to do about it?
No Fats, No Femmes is a fabulous but unflinchingly brutal story about how rejection taught Jamal that love and intimacy are possible through friendship and community building.
Jamal "Fat Femme" Lewis
Jamal is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and thought leader living in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Named by Teen Vogue as one of the "coolest queers on the internet," Lewis is also known as 'fatfemme', a moniker that encapsulates life at the intersection of fat and femme identity -- "spaces that people are afraid to occupy," she names. A graduate of Morehouse College and The New School, Lewis produces work around the body, specifically exploring and interrogating identity formation, race, gender, sexuality, desire, beauty, and ugliness.
Lewis's work has been featured in LA Times, New York Times, TriBeca, & Tate Modern.