Who We Are
Director of Film
James Heatherly is a photographer, cinematographer, graphic designer, and trans activist. He is from Kentucky . He has an intense passion to share peoples stories and help them speak on a platform that they otherwise might not have access to. If he's not out taking photos or getting video footage, he's either writing, exploring this beautiful planet or spending time with his exquisite Fiancée, Taylor.
To learn more about James and see more of his work:
Video Editor and Producer, James’ Wing Man
I’m from a small town in Kentucky with big city dreams. I’m a video editor and photographer, always can be found behind a screen. I love taking hours of video and turning into a finished project with the perfect balance of truth and emotion. When i’m not sitting behind a screen, you can find me at the park with my dog Remington, hanging out with family or planning my next adventure.
Cady is Transilient's life source as the web designer. Cady makes glitchy art, interactive multi-media installations, weird music, and websites and mobile apps for causes she cares about. She's also totally into interaction and experience design. Like it's weird how much she's into that.
2018 Summer Intern
Reeves is a Trinidadian-American filmmaker who strives to heal the world, if only just a little. When not building computers, he can be found binging video games he can be found experimenting with crepe recipes or pondering Leninism (but only on Tuesdays).
Outreach Coordinator (and team jokester)
Sierra Debrow is a nonbinary young professional living in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Sierra received a B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 2017. It was at the College of Charleston that they found a passion for Jewish Education, Disability Studies, and a passion for LGBTQ+ advocacy. Sierra is currently an Education Fellow at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. In their free time, Sierra enjoys hiking, writing, cooking, and exploring new places across the United States. After their fellowship, Sierra hopes to pursue a Master of Social Work degree and work with Jewish communities and spaces to be more inclusive of people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Zachary Mallory is Transilient’s social media coordinator. They are a 22 year old LGBTQ+ advocate and identifies as Non Binary. Zachary focuses their time on mental health and suicide prevention amongst the LGBTQ+ youth and young adult populations. Zachary is a survivor of Conversion Therapy and continues to advocate about the long lasting trauma effects that a survivor faces after Conversion Therapy. They are a suicide attempt survivor and remains dedicated and committed to creating a change and raising awareness about the issues that LGBTQ+ youth face
(Producer) Executive Director
Basil is a man of transgender experience, writer, photographer, intersectional activist and Southerner who wears his heart on his sleeve. He grew up in rural South Carolina and was homeless youth at the age of 16. He’s been published numerous times with various outlets such as Harper’s Bazar, OUT, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, and more. He got a BA in Creative Writing from the New School. He’s an astrology enthusiast and tears up when he watches unexpected-animal-friend videos on the internet.
To learn more about Basil visit: www.basilvaughnsoper.com
Content Creator Team 2017 & Honorary Life Long Member
Carmen was Transilient’s first interview ever.
Carmen was on Transilient's Content Creator Team in 2017. Carmen is a dog enthusiast living in New Orleans. She was our first interview (ever!) and was also the first to be featured in our #MoreThanTrans mini-series. Carmen spends her days managing the largest pit bull rescue in the country. She is also pursuing a career in medical esthetics and make up artistry. Carmen is a jack of all trades, master at none, who loves nothing more than creating with her friends.
There have been SO MANY amazing people who have volunteered time with us through transcribing, sponsoring us, working with us, letting us crash with them, or helping us find funding. We couldn't be more grateful for you and your efforts!
Jonah Welch (2017 Assistant)
Rachel Gonzalez (and the whole Gonzalez family)
The National Center for Transgender Equality
The Carolina Youth Action Project
Paula Sophia Schonauer
Shannon Soper and Adam Laiben
Johanna Campbell Case
SahLeem Israel Butler
We’d like to acknowledge and thank the other trans and non-binary folks who’ve worked on Transilient!
Without them and skill sharing with one another this work wouldn’t be as wonderful as it is today!