Screening followed by a discussion with director Gabriel Silverman, co-director Fiona Dawson; film subject US Army Corporal Laila Villanueva; Joshua Block, Senior Staff Attorney, LGBT & HIV Project, ACLU; and Ryan Thoreson, Researcher, LGBT Rights Program, HRW.
The military is the largest employer of transgender people in the United States. Amid rapidly changing policies that at present technically bans them from serving, 15,500 troops identify as transgender. TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their families’ livelihoods by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve. With a new commander-in-chief at the helm, they must traverse a series of successes and defeats, as their careers hang in the balance. Winner of the Audience Award for Documentary, South by Southwest Film Festival 2018. New York Premiere