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The battle over the rights and freedoms of transgender individuals is the first great civil rights struggle of the 21st century. In the last five years, mainstream culture has woken up to the vivid presence of transgender people in their midst. From a generation of gender variant children and pop culture celebrities, to transitioning superstar athletes and soldiers, trans people have never been more visible.

trangendered person

Behind the headlines though, a darker picture emerges. Transgender people are among the most persecuted, least protected people in our society. Many transgender people live in fear of being evicted from their homes, being fired from their jobs, and being denied medical treatment. A 2011 survey of 6,000 transgender individuals found that more than half reported experiencing harassment in public accommodations, including bathrooms, restaurants, and hotels. More than one in three transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives. Violence is a constant threat, especially against transgender women.

FACTS ABOUT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

74% of transgender youth experience verbal harassment at school.

Transgender Ontarians face three times the national unemployment rate.

43% of transgender Ontarians have attempted suicide once.

1,123 transgender people were killed in 57 countries between 2008-2012.

Read more about history and rights for transgender people.

But increasingly, transgender people are organizing and fighting back against the discrimination. And while the pursuit of rights and protection for transgender people is decades behind that of gays and lesbians, blacks or women, few doubt that the era of trans enfranchisement is upon us.

Transforming Gender tells this story exclusively through the voices of our characters. Through a set of compelling and intimate vignettes and narratives the film opens up the world of transgender people to an audience that may have little awareness of what it means, and what it is like, to be — fundamentally and in your deepest core — in conflict with the gender you were assigned at birth. And it’s a wide and richly nuanced reality, because every story of transition is different, and every transgender journey is different.

Transforming Gender shows we all have something to learn - Review by Vinay Menon in The Toronto Star

From parents who knew that their child was transgender at the age of two, and children with legal name changes at five years old, to a transgender woman who had gender-reassignment surgery at the age of 66, the world of trans people is as rich and as diverse as any community. And like any group fighting for its right to be free and to exist, the path towards the acquisition of long denied civil rights has been marked equally by great pain and great joy. Transforming Gender is a moving and evocative study of the lives of transgender people living in a world that is only just now becoming aware of who they are.

Credits (Click to expand)

In Memory Of JOHN McMULLAN

 

Written and Directed by MARC de GUERRE   

Produced by
RACHEL LOW JANINE HEATH   

 

Executive Producers
RACHEL LOW
ROBYN HUTT  

Associate Producer
CHARLOTTE ODELE

Edited by
JAMES BLOKLAND  

Director of Photography
ALAN POON 

Music Composer
ROSE BOLTON

Location Sound
MIKE FILIPOV 
RENE PORTILO
CAREY OPPER 
IGAL PETEL
RAMSAY DAVILA 
JOHN MURPHY 

Story Research
RACHEL LOW 

Production Coordinator
VERONICA PORFILIO 

Production Accountant
STACEY McKAY

Camera Assistants
ROBIN HUNTER
EVA PERCEWICZ
NORMAND MANCE
SCOTT PORTINGDALE
KIERSTEN LANE

Assembly Editor
JEFF LeBLANC 
 
Digital Colourist
DRAKE CONRAD

Online Editors
EUGENE BRYAN 
KEVIN MITCHNER 

Technical Coordinator
BRANDON TOBIA

Sound Editor
DAVID HERMISTON

Sound Mixer
MATT CHAN

Archival Material

SHANA SCHNUR
CINDY ORD TOM SCHIRMACHER              
BRADEN SUMMERS
ALIYA NAUMOFF                  
AMY SIEGEL
DANILO HESS   
 

Premier Directeur Information
Ici Radio-Canada TV 

JEAN PELLETIER

in association with the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
© Gender Project Inc. 2015


For Doc Zone

Packaging Editor
KEVIN BARNETT

Associate Producer
GRIFFIN ONDAATJE

Unit Manager
SIBEL SAUNDERS


Associate Director
PETER LEE

Presentation Producer
DAVID GIDDENS

Production Manager
DAVID WILSON

Senior Manager
WILMA ALEXANDER

Senior Producer
LINDA LAUGHLIN

Executive Producer
Doc Zone
MICHAEL CLAYDON

Executive Director
Documentary Programming
MARK STAROWICZ

 

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