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One of the nation's 1st landmark cases for transgender bathroom rights is fought by 6 year old Coy Mathis & family in Colorado.
One of the nation's 1st landmark cases for transgender bathroom rights is fought by 6 year old Coy Mathis & family in Colorado.
295 backers pledged $21,068 to help bring this project to life.

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"Growing Up Coy" is a documentary about a very brave 6-year-old transgender girl, Coy Mathis, who is banned from using the girls bathroom at her elementary school in her small Colorado town. After almost 3 years of following Coy and her family, we finished the film and it played at film festivals around the world winning 2 best documentary awards and named one of 2017's best documentaries by Thillist.

Now, we need your help to bring the film directly to underserved communities with little or no resources for gender non-conforming kids, their families, and school communities - in states where so-called "bathroom bills" have divided people with hurtful rhetoric over the last few years.

FIRST STOP: TEXAS!

Thanks to the generous support of Sundance Institute, Arcus Foundation, and Colin Higgins Foundation, we can already plan our very first community screenings and discussions, in partnership with Equality Texas and ACLU of Texas. In February 2018, we're going to Houston, Amarillo, El Paso, and McAllen to talk to youth, parents, teachers, and other community members. 

The response in Texas so far has been FANTASTIC! Across the state, advocates and families are telling us, “This conversation is SO NEEDED HERE,’ and “Thank you, let’s do this!”. These screenings remind these often-isolated families that they are not alone and there are organizations and individuals fighting on their behalf, giving them hope as well as crucial support.

NEXT STOPS: ALABAMA & SOUTH CAROLINA!

With $15,000 we can successfully bring the same type of tour and planning we have in Texas to two more states! Where does the money go you might wonder? Here's how it breaks down:

Imagine if we raised more than $15,000? There are so many more states to go to. Here are ALL of the states that debated so-called "bathroom bills" since 2013!!

We are working with amazing and talented partners to bring you the best rewards we can think of. Check out these custom made, one-of-a-kind offers below!

ASIDE FROM THESE, REMEMBER THAT YOUR SUPPORT: 

COMBATS transphobia and these fear-mongering bathroom bills. There is ZERO evidence that children will be imperiled by allowing transgender citizens to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Transgender people have every right to use the bathroom safely. 

GIVES A VOICE to transgender kids out there who do not have the support or resources or the voices to speak out.

BUILDS a more accepting, tolerant world that celebrates diversity and supports transgender kids in need.

"Growing Up Coy" wins Best Documentary at Bend Film Festival, Oregon
"Growing Up Coy" wins Best Documentary at Bend Film Festival, Oregon

 The Team

Jeremy and I started a production company to change the world (big ambitions, we know). Lately we've been focused on making things better for the LGBT community. 

On this project, we are so excited to be partnering with Impact Producer Christina Lindstrom and her team at Lindstrom Impact Strategies. We worked with Christina on our last film "Broken Heart Land" where we engaged heartland communities in dialogue about gay teen suicide and the rise of HIV rates. Having ignited these discussions with the film, it was extremely gratifying to see the Oklahoma community that we filmed pass a nondiscrimination ordinance, and also recognize an LGBT History Month in 2016.

Also on our team is publicist extraodinaire David Ninh, who has worked tirelessly to raise the profile and visibility of "Growing Up Coy" - including this piece in the New York Times and this piece on Talkhouse, and this piece in The Guardian (I could go on and on about David...)

In Texas, we are partnering with the fearless advocate organizations Equality Texas and ACLU of Texas to bring screenings and discussions to Houston, Amarillo, El Paso, and McAllen. It's been amazing to work with them so far, and we can't wait to start partnering with orgs in other states too!

Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Transgender March, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Transgender March, San Francisco, CA, 2016

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge is making sure "Growing Up Coy" reaches communities with little or no resources for transgender kids, their parents, schools, and local lawmakers. GROWING UP COY is poised to make a difference where it's needed most, but we need your help to move beyond Texas into other states with pending bathroom bill legislation!

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    THANK YOU for joining our movement!

    Thank you for joining our movement and helping fight TRANSPHOBIA! We will shout out a thank you with your name on social media and you will get exclusive updates on the progress of our campaign.

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    Hand-written Thank You & Website Mention

    We appreciate you and look forward to letting you know just how much with a personalized thank you note from director Eric Juhola. We'll also highlight your name as a supporter on our Growing Up Coy website.

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    Hey Miss DJ, Put a Record On!

    You will receive a curated playlist from trans artist, actress, and activist ZACKARY DRUCKER for your Spotify account! Zackary's work always inspires us and we can't wait to hear the music that inspires her!

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    GROWING UP COY Digital Download

    Finishing this film marked the end of the beginning and we would love to share it with you and your loved ones. This reward includes an exclusive digital download of GROWING UP COY.

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    "Broken Heart Land" DVD

    "Broken Heart Land" is our last documentary that aired on WORLD Channel back in 2014. The DVD is not commercially available and we're hoping this can be a hidden gem if you are passionate about documentaries and/or LGBT issues. We spent 3 years making this film about a conservative military family in the heart of the bible belt left to unravel the mystery behind their gay teenage son's suicide. They soon discover a tragic secret, and begin to question their parenting, values, and civic responsibility amidst a heated city council election in their hometown of Norman, Oklahoma.

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    "Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa" DVD

    "Off the Grid" was our first documentary that played at festivals around the world winning 8 'Best Documentary' awards and was nominated for a Gotham Award. The film went on to receive a theatrical run and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. At just 70 minutes, this film is special to us because so many of the people we met passed away or simply disappeared. The film is about a loose-knit community of radicals live in the desert, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream.

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    'Free To Pee, You and Me' Stickers

    Our talented friend and designer @rapaport_report created a one-of-a-kind design you can see on the left we call "Free to Pee, You and Me". This reward puts the design on a sticker that you can put anywhere and everywhere!

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    Trans Icon Coloring Pages

    This set of 6 custom-designed coloring pages of transgender icons is fun for kids AND adults to color in. Icons we chose for this set include Laverne Cox, Danica Roem, Jake Cyrus, Jazz Jennings, Chaz Bono, and Jacob Tobia.

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    Limited 'Free To Pee, You and Me' Tote

    These adorable custom-made 'Free to Pee' totes are in limited supply. They only ship to US-based backers while supplies last. We're so grateful to artist @rapaport_report for this unique and fun design.

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    SIGNED Tangerine DVDS!

    Groundbreaking director Sean Baker of The Florida Project has generously donated SIGNED DVDs of his funny and heartbreaking film Tangerine, which follows a transgender sex worker who finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her. With a 97% Rotten Tomatoes' rating, the film has been described as "a tale of friendship and solidarity in the most unforgiving circumstances."

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    Designer Pro-LGBTQ T-Shirts

    Let the world know you're an LGBTQ ally with these stylish tees from OtherWild and KiddBell. Shipping restricted to continental US-only. Check our BACKER UPDATE from March 14th to see pictures!

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    Etsy Bathroom Sign

    This unique, handmade all gender bathroom sign from Etsy seller Southern Keeper is so cool. You can see the design on the left - every business and public bathroom should have one, in our humble opinion - but there's only 3 available here!

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    Impact Consulting (2 Hours)

    Working on a documentary? Want help with your fledgling nonprofit? Or simply care about an issue and want to be a better advocate? 2 hours of impact consulting from knowledgable specialists Christina Lindstrom and Callie Spaide.

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    Color Yourself In!

    Artist and designer @rapaport_report (Instagram) will work with a photo that you supply to create a coloring page of you! This will be fun for kids OR adults to color in. We recommend framing it when you're done!

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    Let's Do Lunch!

    Interested in producing your own film? Or working on a festival strategy? This is your opportunity to ask award-winning filmmakers Eric Juhola and Jeremy Stulberg anything you want. Oh, and if you are in New York City, they will make you lunch too!

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    Host Your Own Community Screening

    Get a license to screen Growing Up Coy in your community. This includes support from our team, a discussion guide and materials to make your screening a massive success. (Please reach out to the organizers to schedule a date for the screening.)

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    Attend a Premiere!

    We have more films in the pipeline, both documentary and fiction. Whenever we finish the next one, you are invited to the premiere where we will shout out your name in thanks! We don't know when or where yet, but there will be two tickets with your name on them waiting at the box office.

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    Attend a Screening in Alabama!

    See the film's impact firsthand by attending a screening in Birmingham, AL. We'll fly you and a guest out for an all-expense paid trip to see the film and meet some of the fearless advocates on the ground protecting trans rights.

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    Mini-Doc About YOU!

    You read that right: Filmmakers Jeremy Stulberg and Eric Juhola will produce a 2-3 minute mini-doc about you (or any subject you'd like). This includes a 1-day shoot somewhere in the continental United States. You will also receive a producing credit on the film, since it was YOUR idea!

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