The Huffington Post reports that filmmakers Annalise Ophelian And StormMiguel Florez are working on a documentary about Miss Major, a transgender activist who was one of the original Stonewall Inn rebels:
The Huffington Post: As an iconic figure within the LGBT community, who is Miss Major and what does her legacy represent?
Annalise Ophelian: Miss Major is an Oakland-based trans elder. She’s 70 years old and she’s been instigating and organizing for transgender civil rights for over 40 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Transgender GenderVarient Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), which is based in Oakland, California, and she was also one of the original Stonewall Rebels. She was there on that June night in 1969, and her story is significant for many reasons, not the least of which being we simply don’t have that many transgender elders of color in the community. The community is disproportionately devastated by HIV, mass incarceration, hate violence and homicide, suicide rates –- we simply don’t have as many members of the community who are elders. And so, to have someone who has been “boots on the ground” for as long as Miss Major, and then also be this amazing, vibrant, positive role model for so many people –- and I would suggest [not just] trans folks but folks who are in the broader LGBT community and lots of straight folks.
StormMiguel Florez: People who are doing prison work, anti-prison work, prison abolitionist work, especially in the Bay Area and New York City, are definitely influenced and inspired by Major pretty regularly.
Ophelian: Another significant thing about Major is that her life has intersected so many significant historical moments in LGBT history and in progressive peoples’ movements in history. I find it’s very humanizing and very grounding to understand my history through lived experience.