After protests over the erasure of trans women of color from Robert Emmerich’s Stonewall, expectations are high for the short film Happy Birthday, Marsha!, about trans activist Marsha P. Johnson. If the trailer’s any indication, this movie will slay!
Marsha features acclaimed Tangerine star Mya Taylor in the title role.
The trailer shows off a sumptuous, hyper-real 60’s aesthetic.
The film also features trans actresses Eve Lindley, Cherno Biko, and Rios O’Leary-Tagiuri.
There’s even a glimpse of Marsha P. Johnson herself in the trailer!
That’s right — it’s gonna be legendary.
BuzzFeed News caught up with filmmakers Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, who showed us some wonderful exclusive images from the making of the movie.
Gossett told BuzzFeed News: “The pictures were all taken during the shooting of our ‘Hotel Dixie’ scene in which Marsha, Sylvia, Bambi and Andorra are hanging out in a hotel room they share.The scene is a flashback to 1965 when Sylvia is new to their scene and to sex work. Marsha is acting a as a sort of mentor to Sylvia.”
Commenting on the rich look of the film, Gossett notes: “We wanted the movie to reflect Marsha’s beauty. She wasn’t really fancy but she was fanciful, and when we talk about aesthetics it’s about the beauty of how she relates to other people.”
Wortzel adds: “Frequently people expect that if a film is political it’s not going to be beautiful. It was really important for us to make a film that was deeply political and personal in many ways but also gorgeous to look at.”
Happy Birthday Marsha is currently raising funds on Indiegogo, to make sure the film will be as amazing and beautiful as possible.
Diane Rodriguez – a prominent LGBT-activist – last year shared the exciting news that her boyfriend Fernando Machado was pregnant with their son.
Ms Rodriguez and Mr Machado – who have been a couple since 2013 – believed their first pregnancy was the first of its kind in South America.
The couple announced their pregnancy online, and Mr Machado gave birth to their child in June.
“We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we’re the same,” Mr Machado told the BBC, saying they want to expand their growing family even further.
Of the obstacles to being recognised as female, and thinking she would never be a mother, Ms Rodriguez said: “Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual… The law before demanded that to be recognised as a woman you had to be castrated.”
Ms Rodriguez first made headlines in her native country in 2013, when she became the he first Ecuadorian trans candidate to run for Congress.
She has previously campaigned for trans rights across South America, after recounting her own struggles after she came out.
The advocate says she was shunned by her family, before being thrown out and forced to live on the streets.
Luckily, the pair have the full support of Mr Machado’s family, as well as the thousands of well-wishers who have congratulated the pair online.
What a beautiful family! Congratulations Diane and Fernando :)
Black trans woman, Maya Young, was stabbed to death in Philadelphia over the weekend
On Saturday night in Philadelphia, 25-year-old Maya Young was found dead after having been stabbed multiple times, WPVI-TV reported. Young was a black transgender woman, the third trans person and second trans woman of color whose murder has been reported this year.
“The community is heartbroken once again with the senseless slaying of another Transgender woman of color,” an advocacy group, the TransHealth Information Project, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
“She loved people and she loved being around people,”
a friend of Young’s, Anthony Harper
said. No arrests have been made so far in relation to Young’s murder. Advocates are concerned about an increase in murders of trans people, and trans women of color in particular, over the past few years.
Especially when it comes to Transgender individuals, we live this life as a human just as everyone else and our lives matter. We lack adequate support with housing, employment, education, and medical services. What we need to do to survive puts us in harmful situations. This may not be the reason behind Maya’s murder.
#Maya Young #Say Her Name
life where you are exactly the same person as you are but you are a part of a
social group hated by ignorant and violent people. Every day you can be killed
just for the way you are. That is what Transgender people are facing every day.
These difficulties were not created by them, so it’s up to us to love and
respect each other regardless of skin, gender, religion and so on. It’s our
only chance to live normal life.
On top of being transgender, Kader was seen at protests and demonstrations for LGBTQ rights. There are videos of her facing the police on YouTube, and she has apparently been arrested at least once during LGBTQ rights public events.
It is devastating in so many ways to see a member of my transgender family lost today, as well as the other LGBTQ people who have been attacked in Turkey of late. Please help to spread the word!
“The moral dilemma began with a $100,000 check to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington – enough to send 500 girls to summer camp, Scout leaders knew.
But there was a catch. The anonymous donor stipulated in a letter: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money."
The Scouts returned the money.
But $100,000 was hard to pass up. So on Monday, the council’s online marketing manager launched a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo to try to recoup it with donations.
By Thursday evening, #ForEVERYGirl had raised more than $300,000 — triple the original goal.
A video posted to the IndieGogo page says: "Girl Scouts empowers EVERY girl regardless of her gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, to make the world a better place. We won’t exclude ANY girl.” It has been viewed tens of thousands of times.
On IndieGoGo, many transgender adults thanked the organization and shared their experiences. The campaign has attracted donations from more than 6,000 supporters, including former Girl Scouts.”
Gays:We just think our love is as valid as anyone else's
Liberals:Cool guys. Let's get you married.
Transgendered:I am not physically the person I feel I should be.
Liberals:Awesome. You should do whatever you like with your own body to find happiness.
Women:We're being raped, paid less, and I guess our nipples are more insulting then male nipples?
Liberals:Well, none of that is cool. We're here to support you!
Black People:We're being racially profiled, shot for minor crimes, and shoved into prisons simply based on our skin color.
Liberals:None of that is cool. You have our support.
Immigrants:Yes, we came here illegally, but we're escaping our countries full of violence, human trafficking, and drug lords. Can we just take your undesired jobs and raise our kids in peace to be hard-working Americans?
Liberals:Oh man. That sucks. Hell yeah you can. Welcome to America
Conservatives:No no no NO NO NO!!!
Liberals:Whoa there, these are normal human beings facing obstacles because of how they were born--
Society says to be yourself, but if you’re yourself life becomes a living hell. It’s everywhere, but with the majority, it doesn’t seem to ring a bell. Trans women, especially trans women of color, are the most targeted group of people in the LGBT+ community. They experience the most violence, aggression, assault, and hate, statistically speaking. This post is only about trans women because it is calling to attention the crazy shit that happens to trans women on a regular basis.
Leyna caught up with GOSEE to tell us about her story and how she was discovered.
Leyna knew at a young age that fashion and entertainment were her calling. “My personality was way to big for the Midwest” admits she. When the time was right she made a clear shot to the East Coast, arriving in New York and making her mark in The big Apple.
“Some say, I came too late, but I think I was right on time”, says Leyna. While undergoing the Transition into womanhood “I made sure I took the the time to discover my true and honest self. I knew I had all the tools to be a success, I just needed a break”.
Her break came in the summer of 2014. “It was the year that changed my life” - recalls Leyna: “I walked into a Soho gallery called Clic and was given a card of an amazing photographer and now friend by the name of Antoine Verglas. Soon after I was shooting with him - the same photographer who shot all my idols!” “Moments like this are worth the wait”, admits Leyna.
Here are some of the classic images of Leyna from her shoot with Antoine.