Vancouver II: Tru's Survival Skills

Groundbreaking Vancouverite and tween extraordinaire, Tru Wilson, is part of a new generation of empowered trans kids demanding to be heard. She's got enough optimism to light up a room. So, how will she face a dark world?

Tru Wilson

6 years ago
Duration 1:48
Tru Wilson

Meet groundbreaking Vancouverite and tween extraordinaire, Tru Wilson. She's part of a new generation of empowered trans kids demanding to be heard. Tru became a local hero when she fought the Catholic school system for trans rights...and won.

Until now, Tru's life has been one of love and acceptance. When her mom refuses to let her go on a trip to Cuba out of fear of her safety, Tru is confronted by a sobering reality. The world can be a harsh place.

Listen as Tru learns survival skills from Sahara—a girl once brutally bullied, who grew up to become a beauty queen—and Sacha, a streetwise twenty-something, who survived a tough home life.

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Tru picks her spot, already settled into her new digs. (Sook-Yin Lee)
Tru is the youngest one in the group, and she's got a lot to teach us. (Veronica Simmonds)
Tru introduces us to her pal, Clawdeen Wolf, a doll she custom-designed herself. (Sook-Yin Lee)
Every part of Clawdeen was chosen or handmade by Tru, from her dress made of socks to her fully articulated limbs. Clawdeen is kind of role model for Tru, who sees her as 'fierce', 'gorgeous', and 'confident'. (Sook-Yin Lee)
Two peas in a pod, in a green condo tower overlooking the city. (Veronica Simmonds)
Pyjamas on, now it's a sleepover! Tru tells us what's on her mind. (Veronica Simmonds)
Tru's surrounded by love and acceptance, but she's learning that the world can be hostile towards trans people. She wants to learn survival skills.
Sacha and Soheil tell us about when they were teenagers, and the times they had to think quickly on their feet to get out of a tough situation. (Veronica Simmonds)
Tru and I become fast friends. (Sook-Yin Lee)
After an adventurous night, Tru falls into bed with her constant companion, Clawdeen Wolf. (Sook-Yin Lee)