Adult lm star and activist Buck Angel has a message for transgender youth: Don’t be afraid. “They call me Tranpa now, because I am an older trans guy, and all the kids are like ‘Tranpa, Tranpa, what do we do?’ They are scared, and I tell them, relax, you can’t have fear. Fear is how we ended up here,” Angel told the Cut at a recent screening of The Trans List. The new multi-platform project from artist Timothy Green eld-Sanders highlights activists in the trans community, like Angel, and includes an HBO lm, collection of photographs, and a book.“
We have to stop ghting with each other,” Angel said. “We have to stop worrying about who is more trans than the next person. We need to come together in the community and be much more pow- erful. That’s what I tell the kids. Come together with all of our community. We should be loving and hugging each other right now. There is power in numbers. The more we love each other, the more we respect each other, the harder it will be for them to pull us apart.”
The lm The Trans List premieres December 5 on HBO and offers candid interviews with celebrities like Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, Kylar Broadus, who directs the Transgender Civil Rights Project, and youth activists like Nicole Maines, who helped change state laws in Maine so she could use the bathroom. In the past, Green eld-Sanders has put out similar projects like The Out List, The Black List, and The Woman List.
“The trans community has been so attacked and discriminated against, and there are still no laws protecting trans people in most states. So as the LGB movement has become mainstream, the T in the LGBT is nally nding its moment,” Green eld-Sand- ers said.
Janet Mock, an activist, author, and TV host, encour- aged transgender youth to connect with other mar- ginalized groups and create coalitions.
“I think right now, what we need to do is ensure that anyone who is considered other — trans folk, queer folk, people of color, poor folk, disabled people — that they band together and form coalitions in order to ght back against a lot of the things that go on
or could possibly go on in this new administration,” Mock said. “If all the people who were considered marginalized banded together, we would be consid- ered the majority. Hopefully, this speci c election season has woken us all up to be able to connect in ways that we can enact change. “