I am fortunate to find myself working on this documentary film project with Dennis Lavery and Jenn Burleton of TransActive as an advisory board member and a participant. I believe that “small words… little voices” will be a pivotal point in history when people can open their hearts and minds toward gender diverse (transgender, gender variant, gender aware, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, gender queer… whatever you or the child identifies with) youth. The care with which this group is approaching the subject, the families and especially the children astounds me and gives me such hope for the future.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland, Oregon February 17, 2011
BirchSwinger Films & TransActive present “…small words”
A new documentary about children, their families and gender.
This is an opportunity for parents, family and allies of gender non-conforming and transgender children to meet respected Portland documentary filmmaker and director Dennis Lavery, who’s upcoming film “…small words” will explore the everyday lives of children, youth and families who, among other things, happen to be gender non-conforming or transgender.
This event will provide parents and others the chance to ask questions of both the filmmaker and TransActive staff regarding potential participation in the film itself, or general information that may pertain to children who do not experience or express their gender identity in ways that conform to cultural expectations or stereotypes.
This event is open to the public (all ages) and will feature:
- Excerpts from Mr. Lavery’s prior documentary film, “In The Shadow of The Temple”
- Screening of TransActive’s new video, “Unconditional”
- An informational presentation by TransActive program managers Zena Britadesco & Sheryl Rindel, LPC, NCC
- Extensive Q & A
- Snacks & beverages
Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2:00-4:00 PM
In Other Words (Feminist Community Center)
14 NE Killingsworth Street (At Williams)
Portland, OR 97211
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TransActive Education & Advocacy, a non-profit organization, provides the necessary support to improve the quality of life of transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and their families through education, services, advocacy and research.