Community 11.15.2012

Premiere of Fenway Health’s Contribution to the “I Am: Trans People Speak” Project

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week,  the LifeSkills project of The Fenway Institute and the Boundless and Living Well series at Fenway Health hosted the debut screening of Fenway’s  I AM: Trans People Speak video Wednesday, November 14 in the auditorium of Fenway’s 1340 Boylston Street home in Boston.

Directed and produced by Jesse Begenyi of Anchors Aweigh Media and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the Fenway video is the latest contribution to the national “I AM: Trans People Speak” campaign. The “I AM” project raises awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities. It gives a voice to transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.

Over 20 Fenway Health staff and community members participated in the making of this video, sharing a range of experiences—from having to provide Trans 101 lessons to Emergency Room staff in the middle of a health emergency to the rewards of being a part of a community that accepts its trans members for who they are.

In addition to the video screening, the event featured a conversation with the filmmaker, video participants and Fenway staff. Panelists discussed health disparities experienced by the transgender community, how the I Am… project can serve as a model public health campaign, and their own personal experiences in the trans community. Photos from the panel are below.