New Documentary Series Zooms Into Transgender Lives In The Trump Era

Written by on January 15, 2021

Filmmaker Tony Zosherafatain’s newest mission is each an unvarnished take a look at current experiences within the American transgender neighborhood, in addition to a snapshot of his private journey to dwelling as his true self. 

Audiences bought a primary take a look at “Trans in Trumpland,” due out Feb. 25 on the streaming service Matter, with the discharge of the four-episode sequence’ first trailer on Friday. The clip opens with a recording of President Donald Trump promising to “do the whole lot in my energy to guard our LGBTQ residents” ― a marketing campaign path vow that, as many within the queer neighborhood can attest, went unfulfilled throughout his presidency. 

From there, Zosherafatain introduces viewers to 4 transgender folks dwelling in conservative areas of the nation. One topic, Shane, is an Idaho-based military veteran of Native American descent grappling with the Trump administration’s efforts to ban transgender recruits from the navy. Then there’s 13-year-old Ash of North Carolina, who resides within the aftermath of the state’s 2016 “rest room invoice,” which barred trans people from utilizing restrooms and different public services that align with their gender id.

Catch the trailer for “Trans in Trumpland” beneath. 

Zosherafatain, a Boston native now based mostly in New York, associated to these testimonies as a transgender man himself.

“Trump’s actions have left me feeling invisible, threatened, and not sure in regards to the future,” he informed The Every day Beast final 12 months. “So, I used to be like, ‘OK, I want to do that. I want to mix my trans id, my Iranian-American id and my concern and translate that into movie to assist inform our tales.’”

He added, “I feel individuals are going to want to replicate upon the Trump period, no matter occurs.” 

Trump embraced a staunchly anti-LGBTQ platform throughout his time in workplace, from rolling again protections for trans college students, to supporting adoption companies’ potential to discriminate in opposition to same-sex {couples}. Many within the LGBTQ neighborhood, nonetheless, are hopeful that President-elect Joe Biden will reverse a lot of these insurance policies, which he has repeatedly signaled he’ll do.

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