Major!

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Major!
Directed by Annalise Ophelian

Thursday, November 16, 6 pm

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Major! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison. As a former sex worker, an elder, a community leader, and human rights activist, she is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons.

The film is an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. This documentary seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community’s struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it.


Introduced by Dr. Catherine Fosl, Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and Founding Director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, UofL.