On Tour with Transilient

Hello everyone! I’m currently in the process of updating my website, but some exciting news. I’ve been on tour with Transilient for 3 weeks now. We’re traveling the US currently on Transilient’s 3rd tour (my first with them). Transilient has become a project that’s very close to my heart and my personal goals as a photographer and film maker; sharing stories.

“Transilient is a traveling photo and interview-based project. We candidly document transgender and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities using only their voices.

The project attempts to humanize, educate and destroy the assumption that trans folks are solely defined by their physical experience and their oppression. To bring about understanding and tackle transphobia we aim to weave transgender lives into the overall human experience instead of merely focusing on the transition.

Our objective is to create a platform that is accessible to all people, in and out of the trans community.” -wearetransilient.com

This tour is about 7 weeks long, going through 17 different states, meeting tons of various trans and non-binary folks and sharing their stories. This specific tour is being sponsored by It Gets Better. The takeover on all their social media started yesterday (October 22nd) You can find our stuff being shared on their Instagram (@ItGetsBetter), Twitter (@ItGetsBetter), and their Facebook page (@ItGetsBetterProject).

So far we’ve been to: Kansas City, Missouri, Salt Lake City, Utah, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho, Casper, Wyoming, Missoula, Montana, and a short break for the team at the beautiful West Glacier National park.

Photo by  Basil Soper

Photo by Basil Soper

This trip has totally changed my life in a lot of ways. I’m just so grateful for an opportunity like this to fall into my life. I’ve been doing video work and photography work through tour along with some graphic design for a state-by-state campaign we’re running while on the road. It has been truly life changing and inspiring to hear all the stories that we’ve heard. It’s also interesting to see how some stories are so similar to another, but the bottom line is we’re #MoreThanTrans. We’re more than our transitions and we’re humans doing typical things like everyone else. We’re artists, military, mail mans, government officials, etc. WE ARE EVERYWHERE. #WontBeErased

Also, we have paired up with an awesome printing company, TransfigurePrintCo to print hoodies and t-shirts for tour. (Seen above; Model Basil Soper; executive director of Transilient) If you buy one before October 31st you’'ll receive $5 off from the regular price they will be sold at. The hoodies are so soft and comfortable. The t-shirts are just as soft as well. While you’re there make sure you check out all the other amazing designs and stuff that Transfigure is putting out. :)

Talk to ya’ll soon

-James Heatherly