This Is Me
Inspired by Amazon’s Transparent, each episode of This Is Me explores some of the difficult, real-life issues experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people, including coming out, bathrooms, misgendering, transfeminine sisterhood in the face of violence, and the struggles of trans people of different generations.
Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent and one of the executive producers of This is Me said, “This Is Me instigates a new era: stories produced by the trans community about the trans community. This is the mission of Wifey: to give the power of protagonism to creators outside the white/cis/male mainstream. When we put people with an authentic POV in the drivers’ seat, the paradigm can truly start to shift.”
Episode One: Closets
There’s no better backdrop than a closet to focus on the challenges of coming out as trans. Here, actor/writer/comedian D’Lo, of Sri Lankan descent, and Indian-born actor/dancer/healer Maya Jafer share their very different true stories.
Episode Two: Generations
Trans advocate and therapist Valerie Spencer and trans teenager Lily Rubenstein don’t let a few decades get in the way of understanding. As they travel throughout LA, visiting points of references from Spencer’s personal herstory, the two are brought closer than they could ever imagine.
Episode Three: From The Bathroom
Sometimes a person just needs a place to pee! No one knows that better than trans entertainer-activists Rocco Kayiatos and Mariana Mar. The duo reclaim public restrooms as gender neutral while cracking wise (and wisely) about the issues surrounding today’s controversial bathroom politics.
Episode Four: Right This Way
You wouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yet the faux pas of public misgendering is far too common. Genderqueer Transparent alumni Mel Shimkovitz and Petey Gibson banter unabashedly on the importance of more inclusive, gender neutral language at popular destinations on LA’s east side.
Episode Five: And My Sisters
For years, transgender women lived in fear of hanging out together, lest they become targets of violence. Here, artist/actor/decorator Van Barnes, comedic iconoclast Miss Barbie-Q and artist/filmmaker Zackary Drucker proudly and bravely bond in public, offering a glimpse of rarely seen transfeminine sisterhood.
*Nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award in Short-Form Nonfiction.
*Winner of a 2016 GLAAD Award Special Recognition
Directed by Rhys Ernst