Online Program

TRANS (the movie)

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Mark Schoen, Ph.D.,, Washington DC, DC
An extraordinary documentary feature film about men and women... and all the variations in between. It is an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Here we will explore the Transgender Community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world.

It begins with the story of Lt. Commander Christopher McGinn, a Navy flight surgeon selected by NASA to serve on two space missions. But, upon his discharge from the armed forces, Chris McGinn would set out upon a different mission...from which he was never to return.

Now Dr. Christine McGinn is able to tell her own amazing story, (picked up in the media on both MSNBC and the Oprah Winfrey show) and provide an entrée into a complex and dramatic world.

Some of the stories include...

Danaan: a 7 year old MTF (male to female) who knew who she was at 2 years old and has spent the rest of her short life making believers out of her parents and the rest of her world.

Cris: He has only recently come to the realization that he is transgender and is about to break the news to his lesbian girlfriend that he is not a lesbian.

Pam and Erica: They have never met before now, but they have been living the same lie for over 50 years. Now, in their mid 50s, they are undergoing transgender surgery and are about to risk everything to be able to live as their authentic selves.

We attend the Oakland and San Francisco’s Transgender Day of Remembrance and witness an entire community under siege.

We learn the tragic story of Chloe, who graduated High School and left her small town with her best friend to live in a place where she could start life anew and experience the freedom and excitement of living her authentic self. There she collided with the fear that every trans person must struggle to overcome just to survive.

We hear the wisdom and the experiences from some of the foremost authorities in the Transgender Community and get a real up close look at this disenfranchised community and the fight to bring them the recognition and respect they deserve.We accompany young Cris, an FTM, to the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference—a life changing experience for him. With Cris we learn about all the information and services that are available to the Transgender Community. We learn the protocols and the procedures that one can follow that will lead them to the life they were truly meant to live. And we will learn about the hundreds and thousands who suffer from this condition not knowing what could possibly be the matter with them or what they can possibly do about it.

These are the stories of boys and girls, men and woman...and all the shades in between. These are stories that will open both the mind and the heart. Stories of extraordinary people who face fear, discrimination, ignorance and violence in the hopes they might one day be able to live...ordinary lives.

To anyone who ever looked in a mirror and wondered, “Who they really are?” We  ask another question...”are you brave enough to find out?”

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the wide spectrum of gender identities.

Keyword(s): Advocacy for health and health education, Social and behavioral sciences

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Mark Schoen has produced more than 50 sexual health films that have been broadcast, used in clinical and educational settings, and by the general public. Dr. Schoen won six Telly Awards and other noted awards. Dr. Schoen is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and was a member of the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health led by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. Dr. Schoen is President of, "The Netflix of Sex Education."
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.