A Child’s Death & A Mother’s Pain: New Film “TransParent” Sparks New Conversation About LGBT Community

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June 23, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong

A new film is about a very “taboo” subject is hoping to find its way to film festivals and theaters.

TransParent is a film about the life and death of Shelley “Treasure” Hilliard, a slain transgendered 19 year old woman from Detroit

The film, produced by Natasha “T” Miller and writer/producer/director dream hampton, tackles many issues surrounding Hilliard. First, many in the Detroit LGBT community believe this was a hate crime.  Detroit, like many cities, are still uncomfortable about men and women who do not “represent” the sex they were born into.  Second, others believe that Hilliard was a police informant and by being mixed in that, she was killed in a sting that did not go as planned.

Equally as important to the story of what happened to Treasure is the story of her mom, Lyniece Nelson. She says that even though it has been two years since her daughter was killed, she hasn’t found a way to forgive the act:

“I will never find closure or any type forgiveness. I  can only pray that God help me deal with the pain and give me the strength to continue take care of the children and my grandchildren. But forgiving? I’ve forgiven a lot of people for doing a lot of horrible things to me and I don’t think I have anymore in me. And I just have to ask God to forgive me for that.”

People often say that a parent isn’t supposed to have to bury their child and when you watch the clip, it becomes more apparent where that statement comes from. The pain is so deep that it feels impossible to work through.

Miller and hampton have started a Kickstarter fund to raise money for film submissions, equipment rental, completion of the film and other things.

While discussing transgendered people still may be very uncomfortable for some, especially in the black community at times, it is important to still have it. When we open up that discussion, it may possibly allow for young people to feel more comfortable with their sexuality.

Is TransParent a documentary you’d like to see?

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  • Bits

    I would love to see this documentary and can’t wait for its release. its important that people learn about things they know nothing about. especially if it is something that is as judged and as misunderstood as being transgendered. I’m willing to bet that all of the people commenting negatively about transgender/ gay/ bi people have never in their lives had a real conversation with anyone from those groups. if the only thing you know about a subject is what you read in a book thats thousands of years old and has been proven to have missing chapters then please do yourself and humanity a favor and get educated. stop hiding behind ignorance. come out and live life. there’s a whole world out here with millions of not billions of DIFFERENT beautiful people from all walks of life. we can all learn from each other.

  • MzPW

    I do want to see the movie and I think I’ll take the opportunity to check it out, if it becomes available. However, I still don’t understand the “transgendered” stance; maybe because I’m ‘comfortable’ being the woman I am, I can’t really relate. I do know that regardless, a human being should be treated as so and there is no place for hate, even if there are different views on a person’s life and how it is lived.

  • moni

    Once again America sounds like its following the path of destuction. I mean are people reading the bible planning on being that country in the west that God destroys.

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  • Mrs Dent

    No I would not watch it, and I would greatly appreciate if gays, transvestites, and whoever else would stop forcing this mess down everyone’s throat. GLAAD is a modern day mafia that doesn’t tolerate anyone’s opinion but their own. And now having your own belief constitutes you bring a “hater” or homophobic. I’m over it!!

    • Bits

      “No I would not watch it, and I would greatly appreciate if coloreds, coons, and whoever else would stop forcing this mess down everyone’s throat. NAACP is a modern day mafia that doesn’t tolerate anyone’s opinion but their own. And now having your own belief constitutes you bring a “hater” or white trash. I’m over it!!”

      sounds a little different now huh?

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  • Chey

    Very sad. My prayers are with his mother.

  • Nia

    Is a transgendered woman a man who is becoming a woman or a woman who is becoming a man?

    • Honeybooboo143

      He was born Henry but became Treasure. (so man becoming woman)

    • Honeybooboo143

      He was born Henry but became Treasure. (so man becoming woman)

      • Star

        A man can never become a woman. He’ll never be able to give birth. It’s an abomination. If you were supposed to be a woman, you’d be born a female. My heart weeps for the young children in America being indoctrinated.

        • Bits

          here…we…go.