What would you do if your child was transgender? Because you're looking at a transgender video project on Indiegogo, I'll assume it would probably be okay with you. You'd love them unconditionally and do your very best to help that child grow up to reach their highest potential.
Unfortunately that's not the norm. Many thousands of parents in America will part ways with their child when they discover that their child is transgender. If the child is too young yet to be abandoned, they mistreat and bully the child into conforming unnaturally to the role of their outward gender. And this ultimately leads to years of frustration, confusion, pain and hopelessness for the transgender child.
What these parents don't understand is that being transgender is not "choosing to be a weirdo," as one parent put it, but a natural, biological occurrence - the phenomenon of a girl's brain, heart, and emotions born prisoner in a boy's body, or vice versa. But in America, especially rural America, and in many churches, transgender young people are literally demonized, run out of town, and in many cases, murdered or driven to commit suicide.
The lack of familial and communal acceptance is why 40% of transgender people don't make it to age 30. Transgender people are probably the most misunderstood and wrongly persecuted section of humanity in America.
The root of the problem is simple. It's misunderstanding. And what people don't understand, they fear, hate, shun and condemn.
My film Transgendervention will prevent parents from rejecting and ejecting their transgender children by bridging these gaps in understanding with upfront and in-depth medical, biological, and psychological information from doctors, scientists and therapists who specialize in the study and treatment of transgender people. This documentary will provide vital and current information especially for transgender youth and their families in the hopes that by illuminating and educating them, families will not turn their backs on their transgender children, but continue to love and support them for who they are, and have enough knowledge to be able to spread understanding, themselves.
Many transgender adolescents who may be in the position of "coming out" have a narrow and extremely critical window of opportunity to either win the understanding and acceptance of their families or lose those relationships forever. It is my goal, my mission, to provide a film that will explain to these parents what their child is experiencing and why and how these kids can grow up to lead happy and productive lives within a loving and supportive family, and not out on the street. It will be a way they can come out without getting kicked out.
Through interviews with doctors and experts, I will present the biological and physiological reasons why a transgender child may feel that they are "in the wrong body" and unable to conform to gender norms. I will present the importance and benefits of aiding transgender kids in their transition at an earlier age so that they can be who they are, and not have to suppress their self-identities throughout their young lives. My interviews will also provide ample, sound advice on bullying, social situations, personal safety considerations, religious opposition and transgender-specific legal issues.
Finally we will demonstrate that there has always been this "third sex" of people and briefly give some examples of societal acceptance and admiration of transgender people in other cultures.
This documentary will be a one-stop, best bet source of education for families starting on the path of transition, and will provide them with the resources, knowledge, and reassurance to continue loving and caring for their child.
It is my sincerest hope that this documentary will reach any misguided families of transgender children before they throw their children out of their homes like so many before them, and be a source of light and guidance for others who may have little or no access to the resources and information presented in this film.
Before its release, I will test this film on numerous conservative, uptight, backwards, prejudiced audiences to see if it can bridge the gap in their understanding of trans people as these will be its target demographics and the type of audiences on which it most needs to reach.
This is a monumentally important project. I just need your financial support to make it happen!
Your money will go to fund travel expenses for my interviews of doctors, therapists, and experts in the field of gender dysphoria, and interviews of model families of transgender children. Your money will pay for production, equipment rental, studio time, editing, post-production, music scoring, and distribution costs. I also need funds to enter this documentary in film festivals, not necessarily to win them, but to let people know it is available to them.
The more funds I can raise, the better this film will be. So please, donate.
Additionally, Josh Lehrer, the amazing photographer who did the project "Becoming Visible: Portraits of Homeless Transgender Teens" has agreed to let me to use some of his beautiful and heart-rending photographs taken on the streets of NYC in presenting the statistics on transgender homelessness and mortality. Thank you, Josh!
Please support this project right now! Together, we can make a huge difference in the lives of transgender children.
And finally, please know that I am open to your suggestions. If you know something you think I should know, please msg me any time!
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