Transgender women break with convention at the convention


Filmmaker Jessica Dimmock was on a hiking trip when she accidentally stumbled upon the Esprit conference, a four-day convention for transgender women in Tacoma, WA.

The convention hosts 150 women in their 50s, 60s and 70s – most of whom aren’t women full time. In Jessica’s words, they aren’t effeminate, they’re “big, burly men from logging towns. They’ve got facial hair. They’ve got strong jawlines.” Some might live as women only half the time, while others have wives with no idea of their husbands’ true identities.

In her short film, Jessica uses her lens to explore this section of the trans community, which is so often overlooked in favor of younger, more “passable” trans faces. It’s an intimate, up-close and honest glimpse into what is, for some of these women, the only week all year that they can express who they really are.


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