Reel Affirmations XTRA: DC's Monthly International LGBTQ Film Series Presents Transmilitary
Directed by Gabriel Silverman and Co-Directed by Fiona Dawson
TRANSMILITARY follows the Emmy™-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service.
TRANSMILITARY chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.
They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.
We will have a Cast TalkBack after the screening moderated by Emmy Nominated NBC4 News Journalist Meagan Fitzgerald.