Synopsis: MAJOR! is a documentary film exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply "Mama" to many in her community. Miss Major's personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men's jails and prisons. MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary: It's an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of d
Director(s): Annalise Ophelian
  5 wins.
95 min

Well what we do is that

we work on trying to get rid

of the abuses and the suffering

that transgender women

of color go through

in the prison system.

It started with Alex Lee,

he saw and noticed the abuses

that were going on when

he was going to law school,

and then he started TIP

and then from that it evolved

into this, as things

went on and changed.

I came along pretty early

and just worked with him a lot.

When he left I became

the executive director.

So the exciting thing

for us was,

we were the first Black

transgender ran organization

that was involved

with social justice.

Don't many trans women

once they're released

from prison actually come

into an agency that advocates

for prisoners.

So it's a challenge trying

to get people involved.

But Major is very persistent.

Very nagging.

And every time she see you:


We need to talk girl.

I know you just got out,

you're trying to get

your life together,

stuff's going on for you

and all that, but you need

to come back over here,

help read some of these letters,

talk to some people

who are still there.

So prisons are basically

a concentrated torture situation

for a lot of trans women.

I was ridiculed.

I was raped by the inmates

and the officers

who worked the penitentiary.

If other inmates see

the prison

then they feel like

its carte blanche that

they can disrespect us too.

People will pass you around,

people will buy you

and sell you, without

you even knowing it.

I myself, I've never been

to prison, but I've been

in jail a few times.

And once that doors slams,

it's open season,

you know you're a marked person.

They don't want to give you

your hormones if you're

a transgender woman.

They don't want to keep you

away from the people

who want to rape us

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