The IFC Center presents a film screening of TransMilitary on June 19, 9:15pm. The screening is followed by a discussion with Director Gabriel Silverman, Co-director Fiona Dawson, film subject US Army Corporal Laila Villanueva, and Ryan Thoreson, Researcher, LGBT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch.
The military is the largest employer of transgender people in the United States. Amid rapidly changing policies that technically at present bans them from serving, 15,500 troops identify as transgender. TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their families’ livelihoods by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve. With a new commander-in-chief at the helm, they must traverse a series of successes and defeats, as their careers hang in the balance.
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