America in Transition is a documentary series and social impact campaign that explores relationships, family, and social change from the perspective of trans people of color across the United States.
America in Transition offers customized screenings, workshops, and lectures to a variety of audiences including Film, Public Humanities, Multicultural Student Affairs, Latino Studies, and more to bring intersectional programming to colleges across the country in Fall 2017 and Spring 2017.
View or download out our Programming Guide here for a full list of workshops, lectures, speakers, and more. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or to book us today.
A FAMILY MATTER
Milwaukee: Dezjorn is a pretty boy. After modeling from infancy, his mother struggles to understand why her child wanted to become a man. Even as he became a transgender public figure, he hid his gender identity from his mom. Now they are trying to understand one another before it’s too late. Episode addresses family acceptance, media literacy, race, and social transitioning.
LEARNING TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF
Arkansas: The threat of violence is an everyday experience for trans people. When Tiommi Luckett’s worst fears come true, she struggles to reconnect with the bold, adventurous woman she’s always been against a backdrop of self-imposed isolation. Episode addresses HIV criminalization, sexual violence, and healing from trauma.
CALLED TO SERVE
North Carolina: After his family and church rejected him, Z becomes the marine he always wanted to be. His life is upended when he’s kicked out under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and he becomes an unlikely activist. Join Z as he searches for love and belonging amidst rising political tensions caused by HB2. Episode addresses civil rights, faith, and LGBTQ history.
EP4: WHERE IS MY REFUGE?
California: After growing up misunderstood in India, Nina fell in love with another trans woman in the Bay. Together, they built a suicide hotline by connecting with thousands of trans people on cross-country road trips. Her life changed in an instant when Arizona authorities stopped her for being brown. A week in a detention facility changed the trajectory of her life, and now she’s more committed than ever to create a space for trans people to heal from state violence.
EXPERIENCED FACILITATORS AND SPEAKERS
André Pérez is a mixed-race transgender oral historian, educator, filmmaker, and community organizer who founded the Transgender Oral History Project in 2007. André recorded 600 interviews for StoryCorps including 50 segments that aired on NPR and WBEZ. Named one of the 50 Chicago Filmmakers You Should Know by New City, Perez thrives on collaborative storytelling.
Karari Olvera is the genderqueer firstborn of Mexican immigrant parents. Karari co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of xQsí Magazine, an online LGBTQ Latin@ multimedia publication. They currently serve on the National Board of the Trans Latina Coalition and United Latin@ Pride in Chicago.
Dezjorn Gauthier started modeling at just 6 months. After appearing in a Barney’s New York campaign with all transgender models, he’s enjoyed international coverage as well as celebrity shoots all while attending Washington University School of Law. Dezjorn owns his own clothing business which brings awareness to trans men of color via education, empowerment and inspiration.
Tiommi Luckett advocates for the liberation of trans & GNC people, prioritizing the decriminalization of HIV and survival sex work, affordable housing, equal opportunity employment, & comprehensive healthcare. She works nationally with Positively Trans, Transgender Law Center, A Girl Like Me, Well Project, the US People Living with HIV Caucus, and Positive Women’s Network.
View or download out our Press Kit with descriptions of over a dozen accompanying workshop and/or lectures here. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or to book us today.