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School continues to be a battleground for LGBT students, especially those grappling with gender identity issues. Dante Alencastre, in his newest documentary, Raising Zoey, tells an inspiring tale of one of the nation's youngest trans activists, 13-year-old Zoey Luna.
The plot follows Zoey's struggles, including a successful battle against the endemic transphobia in California's educational system.
Zoey had always been interested in wearing feminine clothes. Once she began presenting as her true self, the backlash started pouring in. Using the excuse of protecting her, Zoey's school district recommended her family shift her to another institution.
Zoey and Ofelia, Zoey's mom, took the matter to court, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union. They won the case in 2014, and have since been vocal activists in advocating for trans rights ever since.
In 2013, while the lawsuit was underway, Zoey was the recipient of L.A. Pride's Outstanding Youth Leader Award. She recently appeared on Laverne Cox's MTV show The T Word and was featured on CBS and BBC World. In 2015 Zoey was a co-grand marshal at L.A. Pride.
Raising Zoey had a screening at Outfest July 10, at REDCAT in Los Angeles. Follow the film on Facebook, and watch an exclusive clip below.