Award-winning documentary, Transmilitary, slated to premiere November 15, 2018 on Logo

By GLAAD |
October 24, 2018

The broadcast television premiere of the feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary, will take place on Logo on November 15, following an official announcement from the network. The film is the first feature length project to receive completion funding from the GLAAD Media Institute.  GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and Vice President of Programs Zeke Stokes serve as executive directors on the project, which premiered at South By Southwest earlier this year and won the audience award. SInce then, it has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, making stops and winning accolades at the AFI Documentary Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and OutFest, among others.

Following the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in LoveTransMilitary chronicles the lives of four American transgender troops defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own, and the larger efforts to bring an end to the ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military. Director Gabriel Silverman, Co-Director Fiona Dawson, and Producer Jamie Coughlin previously created the popular Emmy®-nominated 2015 New York Times Op-Doc "Transgender, at War and in Love." Archer Gray, the production company behind Fox Searchlight’s latest release “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and the recently announced digital partnership with Above Average for underrepresented comedic voices, also provided funding, along with Fearless Company.

“TransMilitary is a powerful and eye-opening film that audiences clearly want to see more of," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "The compelling storytelling and inspiring individuals in the film will open hearts and minds and put relatable faces to one of the most talked about issues in mainstream news today.”

“With the pending threat against transgender service members, we felt it was important to present a film that highlights the extraordinary sacrifice these individuals make in the name of protecting their country,” said Taj Paxton, VP of Logo Documentary Films. “No one should be told that they’re unfit to serve because of their gender, sexual orientation, race or religion, and we’re proud to be able to support these brave men and women in their fight for freedom.”

Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military, making them notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S. Unfortunately, they are forced to keep their gender identities veiled because military policies ban their participation. TransMilitary tells the story of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own.

They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures remain in question.

TransMilitary will premiere Thursday, November 15th at 8PM ET/PT on Logo. 

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