Step into the lives of transgender Americans, our friends and neighbors, as they navigate the front lines of the Newest LGBTQ Civil Rights STruggle. 

confronting direct violence and discriminatory legislation, these transgender citizens double-down on service to their communities and stand-up for Freedom and justice for all Americans. 

Through Authentically US, audiences meet the people behind the movement and journey inside the vanguard of the newest wave of civil rights history.


Part One: she flies By her own wings

Shannon Scott stands up at a time when her communities are vulnerable and under attack by the US President- the proud Transgender servicepeople and veterans of the US Armed Forces. Enlisting before she could vote, Shannon has dedicated her entire adult life to defending and safeguarding American citizens - at home and abroad. Driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” Shannon pulls the levers of democracy urging freedom and justice for all be secured from the marbled halls of Washington D.C. to the hallowed ground of those who championed equality before her.  


part two: We're Still Here

Aiden ShortCloud, a Two-Spirit artist and historian in Boise, Idaho, struggles to preserve and revive his heritage in a race against time. Two Spirit is a cultural term describing the fluidity of gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles across First Nations throughout North America. Today, fewer than 10 Two Spirit elders remain active across North American First Nations, and Aiden’s story is represents the intergenerational struggle to learn, educate, and pass down the wisdom of his First Nations Two Spirit elders.


Part three: BrinGing the Light

Acton Siebel’s story is of a normal guy who came home to Missoula, Montana to transition. It’s a regular story of a man searching for light in a time of darkness and finding opportunities to express himself in ways he could never imagine, made possible by the loving support of those around him, his chosen family. As a transgender person of color working in a traditionally masculine industry as a mechanic, Acton challenges all of us to see beyond politics and see the value he can add to his community within and beyond Montana’s borders.


CREATed by


Director, Editor

Jesus Ayala Jr.

Director of Photography, Producer

Connor Lonning


in Partnership with