The majority of the victims of hate violence homicides in the United States are transgender women. Transgender people of color are six times more likely to experience physical violence from the police. Shelly “Treasure” Hillard, a young African American transwoman, died violently in 2011. She is one of many, and this is her story.
The 1995 follow-up to the groundbreaking documentary The Salt Mines, The Transformation follows one person’s journey to reconcile their identity, religion, class, and sexual orientation following harrowing news. Sara, a female-identified sex worker living on the streets in Manhattan discovers that she is HIV+ and decides that she is not going to die on the streets. Sara accepts help from a group of Born Again Christians who, in exchange, demand her complete transformation: from female to her born gender of male and from queer to straight.
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