Toshio Meronek

Meet the Fabulous Miss Major

Filed By Toshio Meronek | September 06, 2013 11:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Annalise Ophelian, documentaries, Major!, Miss Major, StormMiguel Florez

miss_major.jpgIf you don't know the name "Miss Major," filmmakers Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez are here to help. They're creating a documentary about the life and times of this prolific trans activist, Stonewall rebeller, parent to a son, and surrogate mom to literally hundreds of people in the trans communities of the Bay Area and New York City. She's the same Miss Major who testified before the United Nations on abuses against transwomen of color, just had a building in Manhattan named after her, and is somewhat famous in the Bay for her unwavering love of Lincoln Continentals.

Her story will be pictured with the "history of a community's struggle and resilience" told through first-person interviews, historical footage, and candid images of Major going about her day (having had the extreme pleasure of meeting her in real life, I'm positive there will be no dull moments here). The film, Major!, is set to be released sometime next year.

You might know director/producer Annalise's last documentary, Diagnosing Difference, which looks at how medicalizing certain gender identities as "disorders" affects trans people. Co-producer StormMiguel is a music artist and media producer who knows Miss Major intimately, having worked with her for years at the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project in Oakland, where Miss Major is Executive Director.

The filmmakers are currently raising money for production of the movie, via Kickstarter. Check out their promotional video, after the jump.

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