A Transgender Path

About the Film 

A Transgender Path is an 18-minute educational film, created in 1997, that addresses the life of Joelle Ruby Ryan.  Joelle was once a UNH student and now, as Dr. Joelle Ryan, teaches in Women's Studies at UNH.

In A Transgender Path, we witness the life of Joelle Ruby Ryan, as seen through her own experience of living as a Transgender person. We learn about her childhood and upbringing of living in New Hampshire. We hear from educators and counselors who discuss the nature and scope of Transgender identity. We also meet members of Joelle's support network of colleagues and friends.

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.