Middle Tennessee State University airs ‘Transmen’

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Middle Tennessee State University will air a revealing documentary next week that tries to define what it means to be a transgender person in our society.

Transmen is a documentary that follows the lives of three Tennesseans during their transition from females to males. Each transman faces his own struggles in the film, such as the availability of health insurance for surgeries and discrimination in the workplace and school, as well as coming out as transgender to their friends and family.

The premiere is scheduled for Friday, March 25 in the MTSU Business Aerospace Building. Transmen will be shown inside the building’s State Farm Lecture Room beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tennessee is currently the only state in the country that prohibits people from changing their gender on birth certificates, even after undergoing sex-change operations. The film is billed as "a call to action for people to become involved in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and lobby for legislation that will protect and serve all Tennesseans equally."

You can view the trailer and read short biographies of the film’s subjects on a website built by creator Tiffany Gibson.