MTV Announces Transgender Awareness Week Programming

look_different_logo_altMTV announced yesterday the programming they have scheduled in honor of Transgender Awareness Week. Programming that will highlight the stories and struggles of the transgender community and ways in which we can all be allies and messengers of love and acceptance.

MTV will air the documentary “Transformation,” a film that follows six transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their journeys in the face of adversity. The network will première the film at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Tuesday November 15 followed by a panel discussion on Trans representation in the media. Some of the panelist will include actors Jen Richards (“Nashville”) and Elliot Fletcher (“The Fosters”), among others, with Katelyn Howes and Melissa Johnson, the filmmakers behind “Transformation.”

MTV will also air a new episode of “True Life: We Are Transitioning,” prior to the film, about how two couples navigate their relationships with partners that are transitioning. On their social platforms, collaborating with their “Look Different” campaign, MTV will share resources that champion the transgender community. On November 20, an online vigil will be held in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance in memory of the lives lost to anti-trans violence.

The synopsis and trailer to the film “Transformation” is included below. Tune in to MTV’s programming for Transgender Awareness Week and let us know what you are excited to see in the comments below!

‘“Transformation” follows Madin Lopez, a young gender non-conforming hair stylist and their organization ProjectQ, which provides hair styling and mentoring to help youth combat bullying, develop life skills and embrace their inner beauty and identity. In the film, Madin joins the Los Angeles LGBT Center to humanize issues that trans youth face including homelessness, employment and emerging gender identities. The documentary highlights the real stories of six trans and gender non-conforming youth as they receive makeovers and mentorship from Madin and a team that includes renowned trans make-up artist, Cetine Dale, and expert fashion stylist, Lindsay Albanese. During their makeovers, Ashton, Carman, Ashleah, Milo, Jessica-Jean and Zander share their own stories as they come to celebrate their true identities.”

Melissa is a 22-year-old English major at Florida International University in Miami. She has been passionate about storytelling for as long as she can remember. She loves literature, film, and television; any great story that can make her cry really. Her dreams include working in film or publishing in order to get great stories told. She is an unashamed and unapologetic fangirl of way too many fictional characters and is still waiting for her Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive in the mail.