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In recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility, cities throughout the state of Texas are screening the recent National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution, a segment originally hosted by Katie Couric.
The special edition of National Geographic magazine, Gender Revolution, and the documentary film of the same name are efforts to allay confusion and misinformation; they provide a wealth of facts, images, and ideas about gender and how it is expressed in our contemporary world.
“Gender Revolution, is an information and timely film to screen in Texas, and cities screening the documentary are participating in a broad public education campaign focusing on reducing prejudice against transgender Texans by doing so,” said Lou Weaver, Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas. “The purpose of these events is to educate Texans that transgender people are our neighbors, families, coworkers, and friends.”
Multiple studies show that transgender people face heightened discrimination that leads to disproportionately high levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, inadequate medical care, incarceration, and violence. Documentaries such as Gender Revolution play a significant role in shaping the attitudes and ideas of the public. By challenging inaccurate representations of transgender people, we can help ensure that people have the accurate information they need to make informed decisions on public policies that affect the lives, health, and wellbeing of transgender Texans.
“At a time when the civil rights of gender diverse people and their ability to even exist within public spaces are under attack, it is vital more than ever to educate and advocate, because fear and lack of information is often used as a weapon. We are your friends and family, and we have always been a part of your community. Basic human decency and respect is all we seek,” said transgender advocate Jessica Soukup.
“In Texas, as in other states, there is rampant discrimination against transgender Texans. Equality Texas has identified 26 bills threatening the rights of LGBTQ Texans currently being considered by the Texas Legislature. Under Texas law, you can be fired or denied housing because you are gay or transgender. For a complete list of events, visit: http://bit.ly/2nlfgY9
2017 Transgender Day of Visibility Screenings of Gender Revolution in Texas
March 30, 6:45-9 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
March 30, 6-8:30 PM
Texas State LBJ Teaching Theater hosted by Transcend at Texas State
San Marcos, Texas
March 31, 6-8:00 PM
1009 E 11th Street hosted by Institute for Diversity and Civic Life, Equality Texas, and HRC-Austin
March 30, 6-8 PM
March 31, 12-2 PM
SafePlace Campus Community Room
March 31, 3-6:00 PM
The University of Texas at Tyler Theater hosted by Tyler Transgender Support Group
March 31, 7-9:00 PM
The Resource Center
March 31st, 6-9 PM
Royal Lane Baptist Church hosted by Trans-Cendence International
March 31, 6:00 PM
University of Houston Main Campus
April 1, 12-2:30 PM
Amarillo Downtown Library
April 1, 6-9 PM
Big Red Barn hosted by Galileo Church
Fort Worth, Texas