On July 10, 2019, the Center hosted a viewing of Journeying Through Gender as part of the Summer Fusion Seminar Series. The documentary was produced by Ellie Ransom, a young filmmaker who recently graduated from Albemarle High School, and plans to attend the College of William and Mary this fall.
Journeying Through Gender follows five transgender teenagers and young adults, Dallas, Rowan, Jesse, Lewis, and Noah, who discuss their experiences with gender dysphoria, transitioning, and coming out to friends and family. As Ellie described her project, the documentary is about “working through transitions of all kinds and learning how to be a better ally.”
Ellie came to the project through her interest in combining her passions in filmmaking and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community for the Girl Scouts Gold Award.
Faculty and students from across the University of Virginia Health Systems attended the 30 minute screening, followed by an hour of lively discussion. Journeying Through Gender humanized the stories of transgender people. Much of the discussion was spent on ways to be a better ally, individually and institutionally. The ethical issues surrounding transgender medicine were also addressed, including the expectations and duties of a healthcare institution in ensuring continuing accessibility of care for transgender patients.
Ellie’s documentary has already been used in numerous contexts at UVA, including as educational material at the Transgender Teen Health Clinic. Plans are being made to continue providing access to the documentary around UVA and to the general public. Access to the documentary can also be found at this link.