March 19th: Transgender, GenderVariant, Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)

Posted: February 17, 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

majorSaturday, March 19th at 7pm

Spencer Engineering Building, Room SED 2202, Western University

Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival, PLFAG London and the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at UWO presents: Miss Major


The Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival, PGLAG London and the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at UWO are thrilled to announce that we will be screening MAJOR at our 4th annual PJFF.

MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. If history is held within us, embodied in our loves and losses, then Miss Major is a living library, a resource for generations to come to more fully understand the rich heritage of the Queer Rights movement that is so often whitewashed and rendered invisible. Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. Miss Major is currently the executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison. MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary: It’s an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman.

Here is a link to the trailer Miss Major:

MAJOR! official trailer from StormMiguel Florez on Vimeo.

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