Logo has announced that the groundbreaking documentary, “TransMilitary,” will make its television debut on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8PM ET/PT. The film follows four transgender individuals as they navigate their careers in the United States military. TransMilitary was the winner of the SXSW Audience Award and received honorable mention at Outfest.
Approximately 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military, notably the largest employer of transgender people in the U.S., but must conceal their gender identity due to military policies that ban their service. “TransMilitary” chronicles the lives of four troops who are defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own: Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the right to serve openly. The ban is lifted in 2016, but a year later President Trump promises to reinstate it, leaving the futures of these four troops, and thousands of others, once again hanging in the balance.
“With the pending threat against transgender service members, we felt it was important to present a film that highlights the extraordinary sacrifice these individuals make in the name of protecting their country,” said Taj Paxton, VP of Logo Documentary Films. “No one should be told that they’re unfit to serve because of their gender, sexual orientation, race or religion, and we’re proud to be able to support these brave men and women in their fight for freedom.”
“As President Trump’s administration continues to try to reinstate the ban through the courts, it’s more critical now than ever that people get to hear first hand from the men and women in our armed forces who are directly affected by this policy,” said Director Gabriel Silverman and Co-Director Fiona Dawson.
The film is presented by the three-time Emmy Award winning Logo Documentary Films and is the first feature documentary to receive a grant from the GLAAD Media Institute. The film was produced by SideXSide Studios and Free Lion Productions. Archer Gray, the production company behind Fox Searchlight’s latest release “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and the recently announced digital partnership with Above Average for underrepresented comedic voices, provided funding, along with Fearless Company. Distributed by Gravitas Ventures, “TransMilitary” marks the feature film debut for Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson & Jamie Coughlin whose New York Times Op-Doc short film “Transgender, at War and in Love” earned an Emmy nomination.
“TransMilitary” is directed by Gabriel Silverman and co-directed by Fiona Dawson. It was written by Silverman & producer Jamie Coughlin. The original concept is by Dawson. Amy Nauiokas, Vinay Singh, James Connolly, are executive producers on behalf of Archer Gray. Sarah Kate Ellis, and Zeke Stokes are executive producers on behalf of The GLAAD Media Institute. Jess Kwan of Archer Gray is a co-producer. Pamela Post and Taj Paxton serve as executive producers from Logo Documentary Films.
The Logo Documentary Films division recently released the documentaries Light in the Water, Quiet Heroes and When the Beat Drops earlier this year. They’ve also recently received the 2018 Television Academy Honor for Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America as well as its third Emmy for KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast in Me.
For more information on the documentary film slate, visit: http://www.logotv.com/