THE Story

DISCLOSURE: Trans Lives On Screen is the hidden history of transgender stories in film/TV. The recent visibility of trans lives in the media is something to celebrate, but why has it also led to more violence and discrimination?  In over one hundred years of cinematic history, and in seven decades of television, stereotypes of transgender characters have mostly denied the dignity and complexity of trans people. Spotlighting these tropes—transgender characters as jokes, predators, undesirables, monsters—DISCLOSURE shows how stereotypes in the media directly inform how trans and gender nonconforming people feel about themselves, and how they are treated in society. This powerful, never-before-collected archive of Hollywood history will be presented along with interviews with current trans media makers who share what it was like taking in this material over their lifetimes, and talk about the role of storytelling today.