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The Trans List DVD is the full HBO program.
The Trans List, directed by portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and with interviews by trans author and advocate Janet Mock, explores the range of experiences lived by Americans who identify as transgender (an umbrella term for people whose gender identity does not conform to that typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth). No two experiences of trans people are exactly alike. Transgender,”“trans- sexual,”“genderqueer,”“bi-gender,” and “non gender-binary,” are just a few of the multitude of self-identifiers in the trans community.
This film gives a platform to a diverse group of eleven individuals to tell their stories in their own words of their experience with identity, family, career, love, struggle and accomplishment.
Many Americans have a profound lack of understanding of what it means to be trans, and as a consequence trans people commonly face a wide variety of discrimination and barriers to equality. Most states do not provide protection for trans people when it comes to basic needs like housing, education and employment.
Violence committed against trans people, especially trans women of color, is disproportionately high. Our hope is that this film will help illuminate the trans experience in this country, as our subjects share their complexity, humanity, courage, trials and triumphs.
Quotes from the film:
Our culture has arrived at peak trans-ness.
KYLAR BROADUS: LAWYER, PRONOUN HE
“I knew that my body and my mind didn’t conform.”
CAROLINE COSSEY: MODEL, PRONOUN SHE
“I’ve never regretted my surgery. It was important for me.”
AMOS MAC: PHOTOGRAPHER, PRONOUN HE
“I remember walking outside with my mother at the age of ve and telling her, ‘I should’ve been born a boy.’”
BAMBY SALCEDO: ACTIVIST, PRONOUN SHE
“I felt like Cinderella. The little mousies came and just gave me the magic wand, and I was just transformed.”
BUCK ANGEL: ADULT FILM STAR, PRONOUN HE
“I’m gonna make my own idea of what a man is.”
MISS MAJOR GRIFFIN-GRACY, ACTIVIST, PRONOUN SHE
“I don’t need your acceptance. I just need your respect.”
NICOLE MAINES: STUDENT, PRONOUN SHE
“We can just pee in peace.”
SHANE ORTEGA, U.S. ARMY SERGEANT, PRONOUN HE
“That dude’s awesome at his job. That dude’s a chick.”
CAITLYN JENNER: TV PERSONALITY | OLYMPIAN. PRONOUN SHE
“For the first time in my life…I don’t have any more secrets stored up in my soul.”
VAID-MENON ALOK: POET, PRONOUN THEY
“Every single day I should have the autonomy to self- determine who I want to be.”
LAVERNE COX: ACTRESS, PRONOUN SHE
“My identity as a trans woman is not a joke.”