Transamazon: A Gender Queer Journey

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About The Film

TransAmazon is a documentary film about gender identity and the struggle for social change as seen through the eyes of one self-styled transgender warrior. TransAmazon explores evolving definitions of trans, genderqueer youth, the “bathroom bugaboo,” radical challenges to the gender binary, passing, violence and hate crimes, bigotry and the possibility of uniting for cultural transformation. Transamazon is a gritty, grass-roots film which uses one individual’s very personal struggle to raise fundamental questions about the construction of gender in contemporary society. As Joelle struggles to carve out a place for herself in the world, she urges viewers to see the common struggle of humanity and the interconnectedness of all life on the planet.

Viewers watching the film will not only have their view of gender challenged, but their take on what it means to be one person fighting for change and freedom.

Funding for this video was provided by the Bill Kidder Tolerance Fund through the University of New Hampshire. Film length is 40 minutes. Copyright: University of New Hampshire, 2003

About Joelle Ruby Ryan

Dr. Joelle Ruby Ryan earned her doctorate in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 2009.  She is currently a Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, where she also sits on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. She is the Founder of TransGender New Hampshire (TG-NH) and sits on the Steering Committee for that organization. She is on the Planning Committee for the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference and is the Founder of the Trans Caucus and the Fat Studies Interest Group of the National Women’s Studies Association.  She wrote the book Gender Quake: Poems, released in 2005. Her third autobiographical film, Transilience, was released in 2013. She is also working on several new writing projects. Her major areas of academic and activist interest include: queer, asexual and trans rights, feminism, fat studies and fat liberation, sex worker rights, and film/media criticism and production. When not speaking truth to power, she enjoys spending time with her dog, tending to her houseplants, eating out, reading, writing and watching movies.