Eastside Pride, in association with Detroit's Eastside Community Network (ECN), will be screening clips from the Netflix documentary "Disclosure: Trans Lives on the Screen" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 on Facebook Live and Zoom. The event is a partnership with LGBT Detroit.
"We know there's not a huge LGBTQ presence on the east side, and the Eastside Community Network wanted to partner with us to provide more exposure to the community on that side of town," said Dionté Brown, program coordinator for the LGBT Leadership Academy.
Brown coordinated the evening with fellow Leadership Academy leader Ian McCain, who will lead the film discussion. It was Brown who ultimately picked the film.
"When they approached me, they wanted to do something in person, and they wanted to show the film 'Moonlight,'" Brown said. "I said, 'Yeah, 'Moonlight' is dope. I've seen it. I love it. But I think we focus a lot on gay issues, and we rarely focus on trans issues. And there's been a lot of issues in the trans community with murders and such.'"
"It hasn't been talked about enough," Brown continued. "So I wanted to do this to remove any of those stereotypes or stigmas that may exist."
Brown said he expects a lively discussion at the event.
"I expect that we are going to engage in some conversation around a topic that a lot of people may not know enough about or they have wrong information because of what they've seen in the media," he said. "Because that's what 'Disclosure' is all about. We need to find out how to better support our trans community on all levels."
Deborah Trotter, communications and marketing manager for ECN, said she hopes this inaugural event will not be the agency's last time working with LGBT Detroit.
"We're excited to be working with LGBT Detroit on this," she said. "We want to spread the word that there are resources for LGBT Detroiters on the East Side. We're hoping for a good turnout and a very impactful conversation."
The film discussion is free. Register here.