"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!!
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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.
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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