HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution

HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution

Last week I had the privilege to attend the HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution last week at SIFF Cinema Uptown. HBO partnered with TWIST, the hosts of the Seattle Queer Film Festival, to put on this very special and important event. This premiere wasn’t exactly a ‘grab your popcorn and friends’ event but more like a ‘shut up, pay attention and learn’ event. Both of these documentaries were extremely eye opening and educational.

First we saw Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution. Mariela Castro is the niece of the Fidel Castro. She is also the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education as well as a proud activist for the LGBT community. During the documentary, Mariela took a lot of time to share the stories of LGBT people who have suffered during Cuba’s harsh reign. Many of the stories are gruesome and brutal, rearing the ugly face of fear and homophobia in Cuba. Other parts of the documentary show Mariela attending LGBT rallies and promoting the rights of its members, everywhere she goes. It is amazing to see someone working so hard for something they believe in. She is truly an inspiration.

The Trans List was set up as a series of interviews. Each interview featured a transgender who let us into their life for a brief window of time. What I loved most about this documentary was the diversity. There was a corporate lawyer, a marine, a porn star, an actress, a teenage student and more. This made it even more clear to me how vast this community really is. A few celebrities, Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black and Caitlyn Jenner, were featured as well. Each interview has its up and down moments, exposing problems transgender people suffer every day.

I learned a lot about the LGBT community at this premiere. The respect I already had for all members of this community was multiplied tenfold at the end of the night. My hat is off to HBO, SIFF and TWIST for making this night happen. I’m honored I could partake in this event.

Get your tickets now to TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, October 13 - 23 here: http://ow.ly/SYnM304m4YF

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