Last year, President Donald Trump announced transgender people would be banned from serving in the U.S. military. He cited tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender people in the military would entail as his reason.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the LGBTQ2 community and across North America.
Now, it’s the focus of a new documentary called TransMilitary. The film tells the story of four members of the U.S. armed forces.
Laila Ireland and her husband, Logan, are two of the people featured in the new documentary. Laila served for nearly 13 years in the U.S. army. In June 2015, she and her then-fiancé came out as transgender service members by sharing their story in the Emmy-nominated New York Times short film, Transgender, at War and in Love. They transitioned while serving in the military, and Laila made headlines last year when she spoke out against Trump’s decision.
TransMilitary is screening at Toronto’s Hot Doc’s Ted Rogers Cinema as part of the 7th annual Human Rights Film Festival. You can find ticket information on the JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival website.