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Transmilitary (2018)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 10 March 2018 (USA)
The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around ... See full summary »


Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson (co-director)
11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
El Cook El Cook
Jesse Ehrenfeld Jesse Ehrenfeld ... Himself - Interviewee / Physician
Sue Fulton Sue Fulton
Logan Ireland Logan Ireland
Jennifer Peace Jennifer Peace
Laila Villanueva Laila Villanueva


The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country's freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families' livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again. Written by Jamie Coughlin

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Documentaries should cover all sides, not just preach what they think
24 June 2019 | by mje-67979See all my reviews

Lately there has been a trend of documentaries only telling one side of a story/argument and that creates a lot of ignorant sheep. If this were an action film I'd look for explosions, catch phrases, and excitement. However, as this is a documentary, I expect to learn facts and information. This film ignores the opposing side which makes a lot of sense. The military serves a function and is not capable of performing that function at the highest level when those with physical or mental handicaps are allowed to join.

We don't stand up for those prevented from serving with asthma, I'm sure there are jobs they could do in the military but they are detrimental to the strength of the military. The same goes for a population living with mental illness. Also, those with asthma aren't requesting that tax payers cover very expensive surgeries and hormones. I've heard a weak argument that the military covers viagra type medication so they should cover these expensive surgeries. Why do soldiers use viagra? Could it be that they get traumatized fighting in wars or working extreme hours? This film just tries to use emotions with no intelligent argument being made for what they are pushing.

The world will be better off when we stop pretending those with delusions are a disenfranchised population. There is no education to be found in this film as an education is only as good as the educator. Scientists world-wide do not believe in the multiple gender nonsense, that's why you learn about it from English, History, or (cringe) Gender Studies teachers. The last being a class that was invented to push this nonsense. Use critical thinking when you watch this or any other faux-documentary, do not just believe what you are told by people desperate for you to take their side. You can disagree with nonsense without being hateful, those with no legitimate argument just call people hateful to spark emotion when there is no reason.

This film fails at everything it tries to do and the only ones who will feel educated by it are the ones who already believe it or the very simple-minded.

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