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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.

View video interviews, behind the scenes footage, and more here.


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

Click here to learn more about CEM

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