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Trans the Movie: A Valuable Resource for Transgender Kids and Parents

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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? 

More Transgender Resources:

Jane Boursaw

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  1. This is such an important topic…one that I hadn’t known much about until watching the trailer. It takes a very brave person to face the fact of their identity in this way. I think we all need to be enlightened and more considerate of the issues surrounding it.

  2. Brette Sember

    What a powerful film. And such an important topic. I hope a lot of people see this

  3. This is a very powerful topic and I’m glad that a film maker is trying to help the world understand the trauma these people face.

  4. Sounds like an important film.

  5. Jennifer Margulis

    I do know several youngsters who are physically girls but really feel like boys. It’s terrible to be born into the wrong body. Thank you for writing about this movie. I really want to watch it!

  6. Alexandra

    What a moving trailer!  I had already read a couple books written by individuals who underwent the operation and wrote about it.  It sounds like this movie is very powerful and will educate a lot of people.

  7. I have a friend whose child faced this as a young adult.  Not an issue I’d given thought to before that, but one to be treated with respect .

  8. I can’t imagine what a tough problem this must be. Kudos to those with the guts to speak out. 

  9. A new movie is all set to be released on 23rd of November named Ardhanaari has created huge waves in the media. The hot topic being discussed is whether the transgenders are only sex machines and whether they dont have any value in the society. In a country like india transgenders are not been treated as they are supposed to be and always looking at them with suspicious eyes. The movie questions these attitude of the society and hopeful in creating a better life and world for the transgenders. Visit the movie website http://www.ardhanaari.com  and our social media page @ardhanaarimovie in facebook, twitter and youtube.

  10. im trans and im struggling every day . ppl just dont get the demons we face. i cant count the times i wanted to die.

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