I recently had the opportunity to interview Mary Elizabeth Boylan about her latest project, a documentary called BEing KINDred for The Homo Culture. The film highlights the current struggle of the Transgender and transitioning community by telling their story in hopes that a better understanding can come of it.
Here is an excerpt of the interview, but you can read the entire article here: http://www.thehomoculture.com/2016/07/10/being-kindred/
Q: Tell us a little about BEing KINDred. What made you want to make this film?
Mary Elizabeth Boylan (MEB): One of my best friends transitioned from Male to Female. During that process, she was slowly and deliberately rejected by her family, including her 3 children. Not only was it heartbreaking to witness, but also the polar opposite of what should have been happening. She was trying to be true and honest with herself, in order to be her best self, largely for them. Sadly hers is not an uncommon story. I wanted to do something to educate and inspire families to support their loved ones in transition.
Q: Can you share some of the statistics that also appear on your page?
MEB: The suicide rates are the most astounding of all the statistics of the Transgender population. 41% attempt suicide in their lifetime, and over half of those people state their reasons for doing so were due to being rejected by their families.
Q: What are the main messages you hope to get across to all people through this film?
MEB: Tolerance. Love. Understanding. These are basic human values. The human race is one family. As our culture becomes progressively more globalized, I feel like we are trying on some level to move toward an understanding of this, which starts at home. We need to teach love, acceptance and kindness above all else.
Hopefully, you will be moved to help support Being KINDred and this project opens a greater communication as well as our hearts and minds.
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