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

June 23, 2013  |  

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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