Young transgender people face daunting struggles due to public ignorance and intolerance, isolation, rejection by family members, and, far too often, abuse. Dylan, a new short film by Emmy award-winning director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh based on her interviews with childhood friend Dylan Winn Garner, explores the experience of growing up trans through the eyes of a trans man and aims to show young trans people that they are not alone.
"I knew I was going somewhere—I just didn't know where," Dylan recalls of his gender-questioning days, in the film.
New York-based transgender performer Becca Blackwell plays Dylan. Rohrbaugh says her first instinct was to use a male actor, but when she met Blackwell, Rohrbaugh was told, “If there was one thing a man could never understand, it was what it was like to want to be a man.”