Tipped in 1994; feature film starring Hilary Swank aired in 1999.
Academy Award-winning 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry, which was partially based on the documentary film The Brandon Teena Story. Both of these films also showed the extent to which Teena’s murder was an outcome of more systematic discrimination by the legal and hospital authorities who he encountered prior to his death.
Teena’s violent death, along with the murder of Matthew Shepard, led to increased lobbying for hate crime laws in the United States.
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