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BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
October 20 2013 7:25 AM ET
MAJOR! The Story of a One-time Attica Prisoner Turned Legendary Activist
A new documentary film by queer filmmaker Annalise Ophelian (Diagnosing Difference) and trans musician StormMiguel Florez, MAJOR! focuses on Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a black transgender woman, former prison inmate, a former sex worker, an elder, a community leader, and an internationally-recognized human rights activist. From the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion to her current work as Executive Director of the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, she’s worked tirelessly for transgender rights for over 40 years. Known best as "Miss Major," the activist is in her 70s and isn't slowing down. She's also been a big voice in getting folks to understand the disproportionate rates of incarceration, unemployment, homelessness, violence, and HIV that impact transgender communities, something the film will go into as well..