25% of all proceeds from the sales of this soundtrack will go directly to the Transgender Law Center! Check out more about TLC here: transgenderlawcenter.org
The Gender Experience is part of a scientific study being conducted under the supervision of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as part of a dissertation for a doctoral degree in business psychology.
The purpose of the study is to identify the factors that currently exist in the workforce that are an impediment to individuals who identify as transgender, and how we can help to lessen those roadblocks successfully.
Part of the study includes the production of a short film, Being Transgressive. The script is being written according to research that has been published in peer-review articles that explore the issues and benefits of transgender workers who undergo their gender transition while at work. The story is about a female-to-male (FTM) transgender individual, Mac, who must fight to keep his job and stay true to himself.
The short film, once completed, will be used as a social intervention in a quantitative investigation that proposes to lessen stigma and prejudice toward transgender individuals in the workplace. The short story will adhere to the guidelines and theoretical framework provided by prior research using the methodologies of entertainment-education (or E-E).
Entertainment-education (E-E) has been around for over 40 years, and has been scientifically shown to lessen stigma and change attitudes for the better. Our hope is that by incorporating the constructs of EE research and applying it to the plight of transgender individuals in the workplace, we will be able to show evidence of a reduction in stigma and prejudice in non-transgender individuals.
After the completion of the experiment, we propose using the short film as an example of how corporate training videos can be changed for the better. Somehow, many corporations have decided that their training videos should be made as inexpensively as possible, utilizing poor production values and bad acting. We plan to show that by spending just a little more time and resources on these training videos, many more people can be affected and motivated to treat others respectfully. We also plan on entering into film festivals that highlight the needs of the LGBTQ community.
As it stands, this will be the first scientific investigation of its kind that uses an E-E motion picture intervention to assist the transgender population undergoing gender transition while in the workplace. We are excited to be a part of this movement, and hope that you will join us!
Are you transgressive?