New website explores Canadian transgender stories

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Marie Little is currently chair of the Trans Alliance Society based in Vancouver and one of the 13 subjects of The Transgender Project.

ichannel, the Canadian public affairs specialty television channel, has launched The Transgender Project, a new website dedicated to exploring the discrimination facing transgender Canadians.

The site will host a series of webisodes that tell the personal stories of 13 transgender individuals, with a new story added each week.  The site officially launched in early May.

At times shocking and heart-wrenching, but always inspirational, the videos give insight into the journey that these 13 individuals have taken.  Among the videos already released is that of Marie Little (photo above by Melissa Auger), currently chair of the Trans Alliance Society based in Vancouver. After retiring from Canada Post, Little took a trip to Cuba where she decided to “live as Marie full time”. On her return to Vancouver she gave away her male clothes and never looked back.

“It’s a privilege to be able to share these powerful stories of strength, courage and determination that will resonate with anyone trying to lead an authentic life,” says senior producer Kevin O’Keefe. “While these stories don’t shy away from the challenges many trans Canadians face, we also celebrate the amazing resilience they have to simply be themselves.”

The website also includes provincial and national transgender resources.

The Transgender Project will culminate with a feature a full-length documentary about discrimination against transgender people in Canada, which according to the Trans PULSE Project includes approximately 40% of trans Canadians being turned down for a job, and more than a quarter having been physically assaulted. The documentary will be broadcast nationally on ichannel this fall.

Visit http://trans.ichannel.ca for more information.  ichannel is a specialty television channel owned by Stornoway Communications. Its programs focus on public, social and current affairs.  Contact your local television cable company to subscribe.

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