Beyond the Transition Narrative: Transgender Storytelling in the 21st Century

Tuesday, January 29, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Lodge, 550 Main St. (2nd Floor)

GLAAD continues the conversation about how to tell stories about transgender people that move beyond transition narratives and other tired tropes. Whether it’s a rom-com or a heist caper, a sci-fi adventure or a horror film, writing characters that just happen to be trans will produce more adventurous and interesting trans narratives. This year, GLAAD and 5050by2020 published TRANSform Hollywood, a guide for media-content creators on how to break the cycle of reductive and simplistic trans stories. This panel, composed of creators involved in transgender storytelling in Hollywood, will keep the dialogue going on how to improve trans representation in film. Panelists include Rhys Ernst (director, Adam), James Schamus , (producer, Adam), Alexandra Grey, Rain Valdez, and Yance Ford (filmmaker Strong Island). Moderated by Nick Adams, director of transgender media, GLAAD.

Presented by GLAAD

NOTE: Yance Ford did not attend this panel.


Rhys Ernst
James Schamus
Alexandra Grey
Rain Valdez
Nick Adams
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