A friend recently alerted me to an important documentary called Trans, an up close and personal journey into the transgender world. It follows the lives of several really, really brave people who stare down fear, discrimination, ignorance and violence in the hopes of one day living their true lives.
Some of the people featured in the film:
- Lt. Commander Christopher McGinn, a Navy flight surgeon selected by NASA to serve on two space missions. Upon her discharge from the armed forces, Chris McGinn would set out on a very different mission, one that’s been featured on MSNBC and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
- Danann, a 7-year-old MTF (male to female) who knew who she was at two years old and has spent the rest of her short life making believers out of her parents and the rest of her world.
- Cris, who only recently came to realize in a college classroom that he’s transgendered.
- Pam and Erica, who had never met, but have been living the same lie for more than 50 years. Now in their 50s, they’re about to undergo surgery and begin new lives.
If you know someone who’s transgender or just beginning to explore the possibilities, I recommend scouting out a copy of Trans, now available on DVD from the film’s Web site. When I think about the day-to-day problems I have to deal with, it’s nothing compared to folks trying to let their true identity shine through.
Check out the trailer and tell me in the comments below: Do you know someone who’s struggling with transgender issues?