Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story film screening to open Asterisk Trans* Conference

Bamby Salcedo will speak in person following a screening of the documentary about her life at the opening of the Asterisk Trans* Conference on Friday, February 27, 2015. Friday's opening is free to the public, and will also include performance by genderqueer spoken word artist Ollie Schminkey. Registration for Saturday's conference events will open online in late October.

TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story is a documentary film by Dante Alencastre on the life of renowned  Los Angeles-based Trans Latina Activist and leader, Bamby Salcedo. Turning her daunting personal challenges and barriers into the very basis of her activism, the film follows her unlikely and transcendent rise into becoming the effective social advocate and role model that she is today. Her work is shown giving voice and visibilty to not only the Transgender community, but also to the multiple, overlapping communities her life has touched (Latina, immigrant, HIV+, youth, and LGBT communities).

Ms Salcedo's gripping and intimate first-person storytelling, supported by those of family and colleagues, leads us through the struggles of her early life in Mexico. Passing through addiction, prison, prejudice, and loss, her resilient and generous spirit carries her from merely surviving these issues herself to becoming a thriving and beloved voice for social change.

From her current post at the helm of the nations largest transgender youth program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the story of her wide-ranging and multi-focused activism takes us in several directions. We see her creation of the life-changing Angels of Change program for trans youth. We follow her empowering grassroots advocacy with her nation-wide Translatina Coalition and we hear her testimony supporting LGBT imigration reform at the California State legislature and beyond.

The film screening will begin at 7pm on Friday, February 27, 2015 in HUB 302 on the UC  Riverside campus. Friday's Asterisk Trans* Conference events are free and open to the public.