America Heard: Transitions
Our goal is to feature at least one film from each of the 435 congressional districts and show the diversity of political perspectives throughout the United States.
Working with Dana Forsberg and Katie Cook, we put together this short documentary — talking about trans rights, and completing one step of my legal name change. Thanks to Teacup Gorilla and Erin Rollman for joining in the fun!
There are some questions that come up again and again if you are trans. A few of those questions are terrible, but most of them are well-intentioned. I’m lucky to have a supportive community around me, so I thought I’d write down my most common answers to help ease your stress about getting it right, and ease my stress about answering the same questions over and over.
There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.
My friend Maureen Maloney asked to document my reaction to the 2016 election, as part of the America Heard film series…
I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.
Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.—Allison Washington
I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?—Miriam Suzanne
Reflections on the instictive act of gendering, how it can go terribly wrong, and what happens next.
I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.—Allison Washington