A compelling new documentary that will begin screenings around the country this week hopes to humanize the faces and experiences of those within the transgender community.
Titled "JUST GENDER," the film will be shown in major cities across America in conjunction with June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The film combines personal accounts, professional insight and historical perspective in order to allow viewers to challenge their own perceptions about the gender binary and the day-to-day lives of trans individuals.
"Transgender people continue to be on the frontlines of the LGBT movement facing the most drastic forms of discrimination in every aspect of their lives," M. Dru Levasseur, Director of the Transgender Rights Project of Lambda Legal, said in a statement. "The statistics of violence and discrimination are staggering. The resulting health disparities are unacceptable. We are seeing progress with each new positive legal development in transgender rights, such as last week's Medicare win, but we have a long way to go before transgender people are seen as equal and are treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve."
"JUST GENDER" will screen in 18 cities across the United States, with all proceeds garnered from each screening donated to a local organization that is actively working towards bettering the world for transgender individuals. The first screenings will take place on June 3 in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Check out some exclusive clips from the film above and below or head here for more information.