Why should Santa be white or cis? The camp where anyone can learn to be Father Christmas
An Australian film-maker has followed three new Santas – one trans, one black and one disabled – as they learn the ropes, while their fellow Father Christmases adapt to the times
What do you call a fear of Santa Claus? Claus-tro-phobia. I can’t take credit for that corker – it’s from a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, and it’s also delivered by Alexann in the new HBO Max documentary, Santa Camp. Alexann is a kid who’s turned up to a church in Chicago to meet “Trans Santa”. Unfortunately, so have a handful of Proud Boys and other protesters, who hold “SAVE SANTA” signs while shouting that Trans Santa is “destroying America”.
“The Bible that I read says this is a sin,” says one guy, wearing Proud Boys merch. As the disembodied voice of Santa Camp director Nick Sweeney points out, “Santa’s not in the Bible.”