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I Am Who I Say I Am
is a documentary short film series by Black Public Media capturing stories of gender affirmation.

A three-part series premiering October 6 with new episodes released every other week.

"I want you to know, even if you're thinking about me, to be thinking about me with the right pronouns."

—JANELLE "JEI" (THEY/THEM)

EPISODE ONE

FEATURING JEI 

HOW TO LEARN SOMEONE'S PRONOUNS

"If you love your child, that's the best you can give them — by supporting and advocating for them."

—SHARON (SHE/HER)

SHOWN HERE WITH HER SON, BRIT (HE/HIM)

EPISODE TWO

FEATURING BRIT & SHARON

DISCUSSING GENDER IDENTITY WITH FAMILY

"Gender affirmation is something that is like the holistic part of a person. ... It's a part of who that person is, and so you have to acknowledge that to be able to provide the best care."

— DR. MAYA (SHE/THEY)

EPISODE THREE

FEATURING DR. MAYA

WHY YOUR PATIENT'S PRONOUNS ARE IMPORTANT

Premiering November 3

73% of Americans know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns, but less than half (47%) feel comfortable using them.

— Pew Research Center (2019)

Black Trans Lives Matter

I Am Who I Say I Am is a series that boldly asserts gender cannot be dictated. Gender must always be self-proclaimed and self-assessed. As a community, it is our duty to affirm and support each other — this is especially true for Black transgender people. Go beyond the gender binary.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GENDER AFFIRMATION

A Letter from Black Public Media's Executive Director

Leslie Fields-Cruz (she/her)

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"As the Black parent of a gender nonconforming adult, nonacceptance was never an issue. I love my child, and affirming who they are is, and will always be, of utmost importance to me and my husband."

Video Production

Executive Producer, BPM: Leslie Fields-Cruz (she/her)

Executive Producer, BPM: Denise A. Greene (she/her)

Executive Producer, Feral Films: Whitney Dow (he/him)

Coordinating Producer, BPM:  Carol Bash (she/her)

Director/Producer: Sophia Clark (they/them)

Line Producer: Nadine Ng (she/her)

Director of Photography: Julie Florio (she/her)

Editor: Danielle Okon (she/her)

Assistant Camera: Melanie Rieders (she/her)

Colorist: Serena Kuo (she/her)

Field Sound Mixer: Nicholas Jarvis (he/him)

Post Sound Mixer: Sylvester E. Lewis (he/him)

Field Production Assistant: Nikkie Mansfield (she/her)

Field Production Assistant: Sultan Olusekun (he/him)

Field Production Assistant: Conor Twohy (he/him)

Featuring: Brit Fryer (he/him), Sharon Kidd Fryer (she/her), Janelle "Jei" Lawrence (they/them), Maya Thompson (she/them), and Einstein (dog).

Music: APM Music Library

Advisory Committee: Dr. Aymar Jean Christian (he/they), Carrie Hawks (they/them), Kirya Traber (she/her)

Social Media Production

Director of Marketing and Engagement: Cheryl D. Fields (she/her)

Social Media Strategist: Sean A. Watkins (they/them)

Social Media Manager: Kat Walsh (they/them)

Engagement Manager: Eboni Johnson (she/her)

Web Design: Chloe Cuffe (she/her)

Public Relations: Cheryl Duncan (she/her) and Alimah Boyd (she/her)

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