Tamera's heteronormativity - True, and not True.
Tamera did begin in 1978, founded by a heterosexual triad of two men and a women, soon to be followed by a 5, and then 10 person core group - growing over the years into the 200 + person village that they currently are. In the beginning, healing the 6000 year history of patriarchy, which largely unfolded as a masculine suppression of the feminine, was, as they understood, the most urgent task for their village to succeed and a wider paradigm shift.
Over the years, as culture evolved and the Gay Rights movement took off, more homosexual and gender non-binary people joined the project, and the project began more to consider the wider colonization of gender, and heteronormativity.
The project, especially the older generations, still hold to their focus on healing the "war" between men and women, and yet more and more, especially with feedback from the world, this conversation broadens. The first child ever born at Tamera (now a young adult) came out this year as Gay - a sign of their changing tide, and fueling ever deeper inquiry into the liberation of sexuality and gender on levels beyond hetero-focused.
As ethnographic film-makers, we are attempting to hold a balance of presenting the village as they are, which does still have certain hetero-normative facets, while also choosing to pull focus on the now flourishing aspects of the beyond hetero and gender non-conforming aspects of their research. Our finished film will have a diversity of voices and lenses speaking to these dynamics.