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Transilient

Date grant awarded: May 17, 2019

Transilient is a traveling photo and interview-based project. The team candidly documents transgender and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities using only their voices. Over the past three years, they have traveled over 30,000 miles, interviewed over 120 trans and non-binary people, and shifted the trans narrative through numerous media outlets.

The stories they share reach beyond national borders; having reached Canada, the Czech Republic, and even Japan. As the organization grows, the team has recognized their ability to give back to the trans community in tangible ways. By bringing on five assistants, two volunteers, and a summer intern, they shared invaluable vocational, interpersonal, and storytelling skills with other transgender and gender non-conforming people who wish to do similar work. They have created a place that not only provides visibility to the trans community, but allows them to see a positive version of ourselves. So often trans folks are seen in a negative light in the media.

The project’s inspiration came from the founder Basil Soper. He was a LGBT organizer in North Carolina and was accustomed to invasive questioning from the media. He decided he really needed to pursue the project after the notorious bathroom bill, HB2, was passed in NC. This grant will make it so we can keep our website running and accessible to all that need it.