On the Road for Social Change in the South: Trans Activists are #GettingOurRoses
Chicago, IL – March 20, 2016 – Spring has barely begun and at least seven transgender women have been murdered already, continuing a devastating trend of climbing murder rates (16 in 2014, to 21 in 2015, to 27 in 2016). Amidst a flurry of laws criminalizing trans people across the South and impending ICE raids, trans immigrants are especially vulnerable. America In Transition, a web series and community engagement campaign that uses storytelling to help trans people from marginalized communities advocate themselves, is kicking off the #GettingOurRoses Tour. Leading up the Trans Day Of Visibility on March 31st, #GettingOurRoses will visit North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Aiming to uplift trans women’s experiences and activate allies, nationally known trans activists, Andre Perez, Tiommi Luckett, and Karari Olvera-Orozco will lead screenings, panels and workshops.
#GettingOurRoses will screen America in Transition Episode 1, featuring Tiommi Luckett. When 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. Some schools will get a sneak peak of America in Transition Episode 3, featuring Zuri. Propelled by a death wish, Zuri became a police chief in Puebla, Mexico, one of the most dangerous districts for women in the world. After transitioning on the job, and witnessing the brutal murder of a friend who was a trans activist, Zuri escaped to Chicago to start her life over.
America In Transition is a groundbreaking series that not only serves as a platform for members of the Trans community to share their most intimate, candid, and eye-opening accounts, but also to empower, uplift, and inspire leadership within each community. America in Transition calls for trans people to claim their narrative, and use their voices in a way that will shift the social ecology everywhere.
The Getting Our Roses program will explore trans experiences through the lens of immigration, life in the South, and violence prevention. Stay connected on Facebook- “America In Transition”, Instagram- @AmericaInTransition, and Twitter by using the hashtag #GettingOurRoses as we visit:
Wednesday March 29th, 2017 – the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223
- 1:00pm-3:00pm Public Screening of Episode 1: Learning to Recognize Myself Again ft. Tiommi Luckett
- 5:00pm community reception
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 – Kenyon College, 103 College Rd, Gambier, OH 43022
- 11:00am- 12:00pm Screening of Episode 3: Where is My Refuge ft. Zuri with a Q&A
- 7:30pm – 9:00pm Workshop: “Debunking the Model Immigrant Myth” led by Karari Orozco-Olvera
Friday, March 31st, 2017 – Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA
- 5:00pm: Dinner with students and faculty
- 6:00pm: Screening of Episode 3: Where is My Refuge ft. Zuri followed by panel: “The Visibility Contradiction: Why are Trans People dying in an Age of Celebrity” led by Andre Perez and Tiommi Luckett
- 7:00pm: presence at Vigil for Trans Folks
America in Transition is made possible by generous support from Sundance New Frontiers, the Arcus Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Propeller Fund, and the Trans Justice Funding Project.
Trailers for our first two episodes are online now: http://americaintransition.org/watch-now/