2016 Projects
Pamela French & Elizabeth Niles
The New School for Social Research, Media Studies (MA); Partner

Challenged by how to identify since early childhood, four fearless transgender young adults defy societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible.

What does it mean to be transgender? While it is a hot topic, it is still widely misunderstood. BECOMING MORE VISIBLE shows what it means. It shows the challenges and joys of being your true self. According to some reports, an estimated 2 to 5% of the population is transgender or feel some gender dysphoria. 1 in 4 who identify as transgender have experienced homelessness. (transequality.org) 41% of transgender people attempt suicide. (The Washington Post) These are astounding numbers. BECOMING MORE VISIBLE hopes to normalize what it means to be transgender, thereby reducing the stigma and these statistics. BECOMING MORE VISIBLE showcases both male to female, and female to male trans youth. Each is at different phases in their transition and with different levels of familial support. We follow them and watch them grow into and become their true selves. BECOMING MORE VISIBLE also introduces venues of support for this population.


Check out their video to learn more: https://vimeo.com/150040316.


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