We’ve Been Around

Winner of 2016 GLAAD Media Awards Special Recognition;
2016 Outfest Audience Award for Documentary Short;
2016 Best Webseries at Seattle Transgender Film Festival

Created by Rhys Ernst and produced by Christine Beebe, We’ve Been Around is series of documentary shorts that chronicle the lives of Lucy Hicks Anderson, STAR, Albert, Little Axe, Lou Sullivan and CAMP TRANS. Each trans trailblazers in their own right, and each with stories that have, until recently, gone largely unnoticed by mainstream society. From the narrators to the composer to the animator, the series was made with a breadth of talent from the trans community. The team includes Transparent actress Alexandra Billings; writer and filmmaker Susan Stryker; activist Riki Wilchins; and trans historian Monica Roberts.

“The trans movement may be making headlines, but our rich history is often overlooked,” Ernst said in a press release. “Trans people have always existed, and have lived many different lives. The central theme of We’ve Been Around is stated in the title. We’ve been here, throughout time, often hidden in plain sight. These stories show us just how important it is to share our histories.”

The series is a presented by Focus Features, executive produced by Jelayne Miles and Jase Miles-Perez of 11B Productions and Giulia Caruso of Nonetheless Productions.