Transilient is a traveling multi-media project. We candidly document transgender and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities using only their voices.
The project attempts to humanize, educate and destroy the assumption that trans folks are solely defined by their physical experience and their oppression. To bring about understanding and tackle transphobia we aim to weave transgender lives into the overall human experience instead of merely focusing on the transition.
Our objective is to create a platform that is accessible to all people, in and out of the trans community.
We Tell Stories
From 2016-2018, the Transilient team collectively traveled 35,000 miles in 17 weeks. We interviewed 140 people and supported 5 assistants, a web designer, an intern, and two other team members with under $30,000.
In 2019, we funded a Kickstarter to make a mini series surrounding mental health in Appalachia. We will be filming in November 2019. The set release date is March 2020. We will be partnering with PFLAG to bring this series to life.
In the Spring of 2020, we plan to tour the upper tip of the US in states we haven’t been yet. We plan to make the 2020 tour into a full length documentary.
Our long term goal is to open a trans artist residency for trans folks of all ages.
Transilient Story Time: Tyler
Check out one of our latest interviews with Tyler. You can read his full interview in the interview gallery.
Climbing every mountain docu series
2019’s series is focusing on the mental health and health care discrimination in Appalachia specifically focusing on trans and non-binary folks. This docu series will share the stories of five individuals and their unique experiences living in Appalachia
Recent Blog Posts
Rory Schwartz goes over the debates and the involvement of the HRC and the mainstream media. Are they really trying to help the trans community? Are we ready to forgive?
Basil is a trans man and grew up with parents who were addicted to drugs and alcohol in SC. Mother’s Day can be hard but he’s learned a thing or two. CW: abuse/ transphobia/ violence
Work by Mayhem Seraji
By: Rory Schwartz
Tomorrow , March 29, 2019 is TDoV
By: Chrystal Bartlett
Today, Transgender Transition Coach works with youth and adults. In her free time, she enjoys reading, Scrabble and singing in a rock band.
Here is a short snippet from our interview with Tyler.
In 2019, Transilient is embarking on a new journey. We are making a full length documentary about our work. We will release it in 2020.
We got to spend lunch time with 6 year old Kirin and her parents in Bloomington, Indiana today. She and her family instilled us with a lot of hope for a bright future. Basil is 32 and he didn't think he'd ever spend so much time with children like Kirin in his lifetime because transitioning as a child wasn't an option for him and so many others. Not only are her folks affirming and supportive but Kirin is a confident fire cracker who knows who she is and what she wants. We are lucky to all share an earth with trans kids.
The highlights from Seattle are here. Such a cool city with lots of good folks and food! :)
Enjoy our behind the scenes and highlights throughout our stop in Salt Lake City, Utah!
Highlights from our time in Kansas City, Missouri. This was our first stop and it was an amazing beginning to our fall 2018 tour. We interviewed a lot of great folks and had some tasty BBQ. Be on the look out the rest of tour to see highlights from all the places we go.
The long fight for recognition and visibility of one of America's most marginalized communities saw a victory in the first Democratic debate on Wednesday night. Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro both brought up transgender rights issues in the June 26 debate, and to some, the mere fact that transgender rights came up at the Democratic debate merits a celebration — but according to other activists, none of the candidates addressed the matter in a truly comprehensive way.
Basil Soper was interviewed by the anarchist + anti fascist podcast series The Final Straw.
Ash Gillis is a researcher, writer, and LGBTQ+ advocate who identifies as non-binary/masc and wrote about Transilient’s documentary series.
As Basil Soper was soaking in the silence of a ten-day meditation retreat a few years ago, he began forming the blueprint for Transilient, a traveling photo and interview-based project of which he is the founder and executive director.