Feature Documentary



The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman, Jamie Coughlin & Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film, “Transgender, at War and in Love.” Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

TransMilitary is distributed by Gravitas Ventures, Amazon Prime, and Logo TV. The film screened in more than 100 festivals world wide and has won more than a dozen awards.


Since its release, TransMilitary, has been used to educate around the globe. At the height of the renewed debate on the ban in 2019, Congressman Joe Kennedy III sponsored a screening on Capitol Hill with an introduction by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. GLAAD sent copies of TransMilitary to all Supreme Court Justices and key Congressional leadership. The film is also being used as an educational tool across US Military bases, including The Air Force Academy where it screened for the next generation of Air Force leaders.

Additional Info


A film by

SideXSide Studios & Free Lion Productions

In association with

Archer Gray & Fearless Company

Directed by

Gabriel Silverman


Fiona Dawson

Produced by

Jamie Coughlin, Gabriel Silverman, & Fiona Dawson

Written by

Jamie Coughlin & Gabriel Silverman

Original concept by

Fiona Dawson

Executive Producers

Amy Nauiokas, Vinay Singh, James Connolly, Sarah Kate Ellis, Zeke Stokes


Jess Kwan

Cinematography by

Gabriel Silverman

Edited by

Gil Seltzer

Music by

Mark Degli Antoni


Liala (Villanueva) Ireland, Logan Ireland, El Cook, Jenn Peace, Sue Fulton

SXSW 2018 
Audience Award

Florida Film Festival 2018
Grand Jury Award

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Official Selection

Official Selection

AFI Docs
Official Selection

Official Selection