Trans In America: Film Screenings, Q&A, and Ice Cream Social

Pride Center of Vermont has partnered with ACLU, Ben & Jerry’s, and Main Street Landing to bring a special event to Pride Week. Join us a screening of three short films from the 2018 series “Trans In America”, published in partnership with ACLU and them. The films will be followed by a Q&A from members of the community including Pride Center of Vermont’s Gustavo Mercado Muñiz. Afterwards, Ben & Jerry’s will provide a sweet treat for attendees.

We’ve scheduled this free event in the afternoon to implore employers and their employees to attend this presentation to build perspective and take part in Pride Week.

Three short verité documentaries about transgender civil rights in the United States reveal the daily impact of discrimination on three families as they battle with bathroom bills, vulnerability in employment and housing, and the aftermath of incarceration. Each film is directed by an LGBTQ+ filmmaker, produced by an inclusive and majority-LGBTQ+ production team, and informed by a panel of transgender advisors.

FILM ONE: An intimate portrait of Kimberly and Kai Shappley: a mother rejecting her community’s beliefs as her 7-year-old transgender daughter navigates life at school, where she’s been banned from the girls’ bathroom.

FILM TWO: Eisha Love was incarcerated in a men’s jail after acting in self-defense. Now, as she rebuilds her life and continues to process the impact of her incarceration, she faces the challenge of trying to get a steady job as an out trans woman with a criminal record.

FILM THREE: When Jennifer Chavez lost her job after telling others she is transgender, she sued for discrimination. Years later, having won a national victory in a case that will protect trans people across the nation, she finds herself alienated from her industry, and unable to make a living.