Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military, where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four of the troops defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out to top brass in the Pentagon as transgender in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban is lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

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Gabriel Silverman

Fiona Dawson




Directors: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson
Executive Producer: Amy Nauiokas, Vinay Singh, James Connolly, Zeke Stokes
Producer: Jamie Coughlin, Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson
Screenwriter: Jamie Coughlin, Gabriel Silverman
Cinematographer: Gabriel Silverman
Editor: Gil Seltzer
Sound Designer: SIM International
Music: Mark Degli Antoni
Principal Cast: Staff Sergeant Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Ireland (ret.), Captain Jennifer Peace, Captain El Cook
Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Jess Kwan, Art Director: Gary Breslin


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Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary, LGBTQ, War
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Afghanistan, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 92:30 mins