The film co-stars Chloë Sevigny as Teena's girlfriend.
After reading about the case while in college, Peirce conducted extensive research for a screenplay, which she worked on for almost five years.
However, while Brandon is in prison, Candace finds a number of documents listing Brandon's birth name, Teena Brandon, and she and her friends react upon these news with shock and disgust.
They enter Brandon's room and search among Brandon's things, and discover some sex-change literature that confirm their suspicions.
Boys Don't Cry, which dealt with controversial issues, When Brandon is discovered to be transgender by a former girlfriend's brother, he receives death threats.However, some people who had been involved with Brandon in real life criticized the film for not portraying the events accurately.