We learn through stories, and “Real Boy” poignantly captures the unvarnished transition of a boy and the transformation of his family. We bring you this powerful and acclaimed film documentary to build understanding, affirmation and community for Trans Youth.
This live stream event is a partnership between HiTOPS, Independent Lens and OVEE, PBS/WHYY and Psychology Today.
Jennifer Bleyer is a senior editor at Psychology Today. A former reporter for the City section of The New York Times, her writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, Cosmopolitan, The Christian Science Monitor, Monocle, Babble, The Forward, Self, Real Simple, City Pages, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post among other publications. She was the founding editor and publisher of Heeb Magazine and has been an adjunct professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. A recent recipient of fellowships from the National Press Foundation and the Association of Health Care Journalists, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Shaleece Haas is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. She is the co-producer of the 2013 documentary film, The Genius of Marian, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2014. Her 2010 documentary short, Old People Driving, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was broadcast on the PBS News Hour as part of the Economist Film Project. In addition to her work as a director/producer, Shaleece is an instructor of video storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Advanced Media Institute. She is a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) fellow and a member of the Queer Producer’s Collective. Prior to starting her work in documentary film, Shaleece worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, Story Corps. She is a graduate of the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Daniel A. Fernández is a social justice Latinx activist and health educator from New Jersey. He has been involved in civic engagement and youth leadership development since 2012, working in the non-profit sector as a community organizer, youth leader and educator for underserved populations, especially LGBTQ+ youth. He is currently the director of the LGBTQ+ Department for HiTOPS, a health education and advocacy organization serving adolescents based in Princeton, New Jersey. Daniel also serves as co-chair for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance Forum and Trans Youth Forum.
Beck is originally from the Los Angeles Area and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Beck has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community and has years of experience doing so. He has written articles and papers directly addressing the need for training staff on LGBTQ+ communities. Beck has spoken nationally at various conferences regarding LGBTQ+ communities. Beck has created programming for LGBTQ+ specific treatment programs, is on the Board of Directors for NALGAP (National Association of LGBTQ Addiction Professionals), and works closely with LGBTQ+ sober communities around the country. Beck has over 11 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ in sober communities. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting, helping facilities become more affirming and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ populations.