“MAJOR!” follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and organizer who has been fighting for the liberation of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. The screening will include a Q&A with Miss Major and the filmmakers, Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez, as well as Black transgender leaders and participants in the film Janetta Johnson, Billie Cooper, Valerie Spencer, Tracie O'Brien, Sharyn Grayson, and Ceyenne Doroshow.
The screening will also feature the premiere of The Personal Stuff, a short animation about Miss Major, directed by Reina Gossett with art by Micah Bazant and animation by Pamela Chavez.
The venue is accessible to trans and gender nonconforming people and people with disabilities. The film is captioned and there will be ASL interpretation during the introduction and Q&A.
This event is free and open to the public.
Co-hosted by the Office of Social Justice Initiatives at The New School.
Co-sponsors: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Barnard College Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies, Barnard College Library, Barnard Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP), Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Princeton University Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies & the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at NYU.