Competition Documentary Feature
Directed by: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson
USA, 2018, 92m
Talent in Attendance
When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed in 2011, gay and lesbian members of the U.S. military were allowed to serve their country and be open about their sexuality. Transgender people were left out of the equation, resulting in many exemplary men and women afraid of losing not just their careers and livelihood, but the calling to serve their country. An estimated 15,500 transgender active service personnel are in the U.S. military. First-time filmmakers Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson bring us into the lives and families of four transgender members of the military—two of whom are married to each other and all of whom have served with distinction. The group works together against the discriminatory policy, including meetings with officials at the Pentagon. The ban is eventually lifted, but the about-face of the political climate brought in by the 2016 election leaves them once again uncertain of their future. Moving and informative, TransMilitary shows what happens when honorable people have to deal with dishonorable policies.
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