Sedona Movie Pageant, Unify Sedona and PFLAG current ‘MAJOR!’

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“HEAD!” Explore the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a former incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has campaigned for the rights of trans women with color for over 40 years. Courtesy photo

The Sedona International Film Festival has partnered with Unify Sedona: A Rainbow Alliance, PFLAG Sedona / Verde Valley and Northern Arizona Restorative Justice to present the premiere of “MAJOR!” on Friday, November 20th at 3:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theater.

Transgender Remembrance Day is celebrated annually on November 20th – a day when we honor and remember those who were murdered because of xenophobia and transphobia. The year 2020 was the most violent and deadliest year since 2013 for transgender and gender-homologous people in the United States. This year we had a global pandemic and the most divided time in this country. Hate speech and racially motivated violence once again ravaged our black and brown transgender and gender communities.

Please join Unify Sedona, PFLAG, Northern Arizona Restorative Justice, and the Sedona International Film Festival to honor at least 32 of our transgender and gender-homicidal siblings.

The event features a premiere of the award-winning documentary “MAJOR!”.

“HEAD!” Explore the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a former incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has campaigned for the rights of trans women with color for over 40 years.

Miss Major is a Stonewall Rebellion veteran and Attica State Prison survivor, a former sex worker, elder, community leader and human rights activist. For many in her community, she is simply “mom”. Her personal history and commitment to transgender civil rights overlap the LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to the present day. At the center of her activism is her vehement advocacy for her girls – colored trans women who have survived the brutality and incarceration of the police in male and female prisons.

Miss Major’s extraordinary life and personal story is a story of resilience and celebration in a community that has been historically traumatized and marginalized. While universal homosexual rights and equality between women and men dominate the headlines, Miss Major’s life is testament to the fierce struggle for survival and everyday worries of skin-colored transgender women who so often live on the fringes of the already marginalized.

Since there are only limited seats due to COVID-19 restrictions, “MAJOR!” Is also offered online as a virtual screening. Anyone who buys tickets online can connect to the theater activities on ZOOM for the candlelight vigil and reading the names before and after the film.

All ticket proceeds will be donated to Peacework Medical, a free clinic in Phoenix that provides compassionate health care to all marginalized communities, especially gender change care for undocumented people.

We look forward to connecting with a collective humanity and touching the hearts of our LGBTQIA and allied communities.

“HEAD!” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theater on Friday, November 20th at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $ 12 or $ 9 for members of the film festival. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theater and film festival offices are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A in West Sedona. For more information, please visit: SedonaFilmFestival.org.

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