Unity Coalition, in partnership with Human Rights Watch and the Frost Art Museum FIU, invite you to join them on Sunday, April 14th, from 1-4pm at the museum for a very special afternoon, celebrating and showcasing our Transgender and Non-Binary community. First you will take a tour of the “To Survive on This Shore” photo exhibit followed by the viewing of the documentary “Transmilitary” with a Q&A directly following with Trans Veterans. This event is FREE, but they ask your consideration of a $10 suggested donation, benefiting UC|CU’s Trans & NB Programming & Services. The museum is located on the campus of Florida International University, at 10975 SW 17th Street, parking at the Blue or Gold garages.
About the Documentary – The military is the largest employer of transgender people in the United States. Amid rapidly changing policies that technically at present bans them from serving, 15,500 troops identify as transgender. TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their families’ livelihoods by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve. With a new commander-in-chief at the helm, they must traverse a series of successes and defeats, as their careers hang in the balance. Audience Award for Documentary, South by Southwest Film Festival 2018.
“It is our time now to step forward and say, ‘OK, it’s not about what gender I am, it’s about if I can get the job done. And we for years have shown that, so why not acknowledge us?’”
– Laila Villanueva, film subject, TransMilitary
About the Photo Exhibit – The Chief Curator of the Frost Art Museum FIU, Dr. Amy Galpin, will present a tour of this groundbreaking new exhibition. This is the first-ever museum showing of Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre’s exhibition “To Survive on This Shore.” These photos and interviews reveal how our culture lacks representation of older adults who are transgender and gender non-conforming. Dugan and Fabbre traveled from coast to coast, across the U.S. to document these life stories. Due to the recent news about efforts to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, and the terribly disproportionate levels of violence committed against transgender people, this exhibition is timely and powerful. The duo collaborated on documenting these life stories, from big cities to small towns, creating an important record of transgender experience and activism. Some of the subjects in this exhibition served our country in the military. The museum will also share a preview of the upcoming exhibition “Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989,” opening in the fall at the Frost to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.