Transgender Journeys in America


Direct violence and discriminatory legislation against the transgender community continues to rise at a time when transgender visibility in pop culture continues to break glass ceilings.

Step into the lives of transgender Americans, our friends and neighbors, who are taking action to make their communities in the American Northwest safer and more prosperous.


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.


Produced by


Jesse Ayala

Director of Photography

Connor Lonning

Executive Producer & Writer

Anna Therese Day


in Partnership with