Crossing Over tells the particular and complex story of the transgender Latin immigrant community in Los Angeles through three of its most distinctive members.
Brenda came to the United States from Mexico over ten years ago to escape mental and physical abuse, and after initially struggling to survive in the U.S. by any means possible, eventually sought asylum and was allowed to stay. Brenda works as a community advocate and HIV support-group leader, but it is her vivacious personality and light that truly makes her a matriarch among her community.
Abigail is newer to the US than Brenda, and though she too has sought asylum, she is still figuring out how to get by. She works as a nightclub dancer and quinceñara planner in order to put herself through community college. While she dreams of eventually becoming a lawyer to fight for the rights of people like her, she must battle what seem like insurmountable demons to achieve her goals—depression, addiction, and poverty.
Francis has worked for a decade as a housekeeper and caretaker for the same family in Los Angeles, and is on the brink of the final asylum hearing that will determine whether she can remain in the United States.
Each subject lives a very different facet of the trans-Latina experience, and yet the message that their stories convey is unified and clear—that this is a community that has faced inconceivable abuses and yet have risen to create an environment of love, leadership, and support, and for these reasons deserve to live in this country.
Watch the trailer below:
Crossing Over is currently in the stages of post-production. Look for the finished product September 2013. Katrina Sorrentino, from Nomadique, is the Producer for Crossing Over. This post was written by Alex Pitz, who is the Associate Producer and screenwriter for Crossing Over.
Photos taken by Isabel Castro
lol lol remember that time when I used to post on more trans*/mtf-related message boards, and then one time some people criticized a picture of me because they said that flipping off the camera looked “masculine” and aggressive, instead of “passive and feminine”…
fuck all y’all and your gender policing
Laci Green used this word once when she was 18, deleted the offending video after it was brought to her attention and issued a sincere apology that actually contained the word “sorry”. She was burned at the stake and run off the internet.
Tyler Oakley uses this word multiple times, leaves all of them intact, and later issues a statement saying “Just because you’ve accidentally said things that were transphobic in the past doesn’t mean you can’t learn and help educate yourself and others right now and for the future.” He’s heralded as an advocate of queer culture and a positive role model for all LGBTQ youth.
Just something to think about.
Tyler Oakley is absolutely shameful.
Isn’t it ironic how the people those laud as “heroes” for the LGBTQ* community are the most cisgendered transphobic ones?
i think i already publicized this on tumblr but i can’t find the post. here’s a screenshot of an encounter i had with him in september of 2011:
(for reference, this is the video in question.)
i think he’s a despicable person and basically just gross
my sexual orientation is best described as:
eyeliner and plants.
I just need that entire comment on my blog:
“It’s just a bullshit PR campaign, nothing more. Telling kids to put up with bullying until they leave school is not constructive advice. It’s cruel. School boards, school administrators, teachers, etc., need to have zero tolerance policy for bullying. It’s not uncommon for teachers to bully unpopular kids themselves. That’s where the changes need to be made. But that requires action, and it requires standing up to conservatives who fight anti-bullying campaigns tooth and nail (often claiming that bullying gay people is a christian right). The reason “It Gets Better” caught on with politicians and celebrities is because it’s great PR and it requires absolutely NOTHING from them in the way of real action.
It’s cruelty to tell a kid to tolerate bullying. And to whom is this campaign even directed? The fat gay kids that Savage makes fun of himself? It’s a campaign aimed at good looking white boys with great bodies and upper middle class families. Yes, THEY will do better once they start hitting the gay bars. But for most average looking kids from working class families, they will find a gay community that’s often very much like High School, with cliques and teasing and rejection. Gay kids need to get support from society, and the kids that need that most are the kids that Savage himself would mock and demonize; kids of color, working class and poor kids, fat kids, kids with acne, and kids who are otherwise marginalized in society AND in our community.
Even when you look at the videos on YouTube, you see politicians who’ve come out against marriage equality, sports teams that would never accept a gay person in their ranks, and celebrities who just want some good press. The gay kids who participate are often great looking white boys, who you know will be accepted in the gay community, and are already leading charmed lives. It’s a campaign for the people Savage likes…sexy white male teenagers with athletic bodies who will be greeted with open arms.
I’ll take the campaign seriously when Savage speaks out on behalf of marginalized gay kids, and criticizes the gay community for iots racism and other prejudices. But he’s the biggest bigot and bully of the bunch, and that’s been proven from his many years as a “columnist.” I often couldn’t believe how conservative, prejudiced, and intolerant he was in those columns.”
Also trans people.
Dan Savage doesn’t care about the T, and he’s been actively, grossly cissexist on many distinct occasions.
Not to mention asexuals, women, lower-class people, etc.
Let’s face it kids, Dan Savage is the most hypocritical douchebag in the queer rights movement.
But yes I agree with everything that has been posted above.
don’t forget that he thinks bisexuals in general need to “make up their mind” and that male bisexuals are essentially unicorns
I once had an extended argument over when he was glitter-bombed because he’s a huge hypocritical transphobe. You can’t claim to be a trans* ally and then hurl transphobic slurs at your enemies. There’s no complicit-by-ignorance-and-stupidity argument to be made there - that’s just straight up transphobia. He is not an ‘activist.’ He is making a great living by essentially capitalizing on the intersection of his hegemonic identities and a burgeoning pinkwashed economy.
liking all the commentary here, and yeah that’s always bugged me about the “it gets better” campaign; it should be made better for kids NOW, not just waiting for them to get older and for their life to stop sucking
When people act as though trans people should pay for our surgeries ourselves, it seems that they have never considered the possibility that paying for what is effectively something as expensive as a high-midrange new car, out of pocket, at once, is a little bit out of most people’s price range.
It’s not just the sheer cost, though — it’s the blatant hypocrisy with which they pick and choose which elective surgeries are “reasonable” and which aren’t, and then mislabel elective surgeries they don’t like as “cosmetic”.
In reality, elective surgery is any surgery which can be freely scheduled at the mutual convenience of the patient and surgeon. This includes all cases in which the operation is medically necessary but the patient’s life is not in immediate danger.
The only surgeries which are not elective are emergency operations which cannot be scheduled and must be performed immediately. As in, “We’re wheeling you into the operating room the moment a surgeon can be made available”. These are cases in which the patient’s life is in immediate danger and their chance of survival declines with any delay whatsoever.
If you really want to get into the technical details, there are two additional categories which are subsets of elective surgery: semi-elective surgery and urgent surgery.
Semi-elective surgeries are operations which must be performed within a specific time frame (typically days to weeks) — the patient’s life is not in immediate danger, but will become endangered if the surgery is not performed on time.
Urgent surgeries are operations which must be performed within 48 hours of diagnosis. These are cases in which the patient’s life is in immediate danger, but a small delay will not significantly affect the patient’s chances of survival.
In short: yes, GRS is elective surgery. That does not mean it is not medically necessary.
Lana Wachowski talks about her journey of coming out. Truly moving and inspirational. Worth watching, though it’s beyond our attention spans.
if being 100% gay is playing for the other team then i’d like to imagine being pansexual as playing for every team. you just sort of run around between the in and outfields juggling the extra balls and sit a couple innings in the audience eating a hotdog and eventually everyone starts to question whether you even know how to play baseball or not
And of course, I don’t. :)
How lesbians signal for other lesbians.
^ re-blogged jut for the comment. lmao
best caption for sure.
if you look closely, in the background, there is a faint second rainbow. here we see the response of a second lesbian. this lesbian will soon sense the response and make her journey across the unforgiving terrain in hopes to mate. let’s hope she makes it. the future of the lesbian population depends on it. (I’ve always wanted to work for some sort of Animal Planet/Discover Channel sort of thing… I think I’ve finally found my angle.) - Lezzy Lovegood
all of this
Jess from stfuconservatives
I read an article on ABC News today about the voting issues facing transgender Americans this November and was sad to see a widespread misunderstanding of what it is to be transgender in the comments. So, I’m writing this to hopefully clear the air and help facilitate discussion between transgender and cisgender (non-transgender) people.
- Being transgender is not a mental illness: Although it is currently listed in the DSM IV as “gender dysphoria”, transgenderism is not considered to be a mental illness. It’s worth noting, of course, that just because you are transgender does not mean you’re not mentally ill––like everyone else, transgender people are capable of suffering from depression, schizophrenia, and so on. Additionally, the fact that gender dysphoria is not an illness does not mean that it does not cause suffering in those who have it, or that we should not treat it.
- Being transgender is not like a horse/zebra: A common argument against transgender people is that “a horse that paints stripes on itself is not a zebra”. This is very true, of course. However, the fact that a horse cannot become a zebra does not mean anything about being transgender. For one, a horse is not a sentient creature and does not understand the abstract concept of “identity”. Additionally, when a horse is in utero it does not have a chance of differentiating into a zebra. A human does have a chance of differentiating into a male or female. Seeing as how intersex conditions also exist, it is not strange to consider being transgender as an intersex condition of the brain.
- Being transgender is not superficial: A male-to-female transgender person is not merely a man who puts on a dress. Being transgender is a mental thing––that is to say, transgender people identify as the sex opposite to the one they were assigned at birth. There are transgender people who never physically transition, and transgender people who cross-dress as their birth sex, and butch trans women and femme trans men, and so on. In addition, scientists have shown that transgender people have brains more closely structured like the sex they identify as than the sex they were born as.
- Being transgender is not related to your genitals: What’s between your legs is not related to being transgender. A person does not become male-to-female transgender when they have sex reassignment surgery. Many transgender people choose not to pursue surgery for a large variety of reasons: they cannot afford it, they do not think it’s necessary, they are unhappy with the results of surgery, and so forth. Besides, if the status of your genitals determines your gender, what does that say about a man who loses his penis in an accident?
- Being transgender is not the same as being gay: The association of the LGB world with the T world is rather inevitable, but ultimately transgender people are not necessarily gay. Of course, there are gay transgender people, just as there are female transgender people and black transgender people and Christian transgender people. However, transgender and gay are neither synonyms nor subsets of each other.
- Being transgender is not a sin in Christianity: This one is going to be a bit controversial since everybody’s interpretation of the Bible differs, but ultimately the Bible says nothing on the subject of transgenderism. The concept of gender identity and being transgender simply did not exist in those times. No doubt there were people in Biblical times who would identify as transgender if they lived in modern times, but they did not for the simple fact that the concept did not exist.
- Being transgender is not a modern American invention: There is evidence of people who would have identified as transgender in history. The Roman emperor Elagabalus dressed as a woman, took a husband, and offered huge sums of money to any surgeon who could equip him with female genitalia. The Native Americans believed that transgender people were “two-spirits” and lived with the souls of both a man and a woman. Hindus recognize the existence of a third gender, the hijra, who are biologically male but dress and live as women.
That’s all I can think of now. I hope this helps explain a little bit more what transgenderism is not so that you can gain a deeper understanding of what it is.