A man in civilian clothes looks at another man wearing an army uniform and resting a rifle in his arm. | "When Lambs Become Lions"

Link Voices

Start watching

Foreign Correspondent

Start watching
A man looks out to a vast landscape of mountains and water. | From "Embrace of the Serpent" / Kino Lorber


Start watching
Earth Focus

Earth Focus

Start watching
Rahaf Al Qunun | "Four Corners" episode "Escape from Saudi"

Four Corners

Start watching

America ReFramed

Start watching

Tending Nature

Start watching
Heart Donate Icon
Support the world of Link TV with a donation today.
Vehicle Donation Icon Card
Help us make a difference by donating a vehicle.
Planned Giving Icon
There are many ways to include Link TV in your plans for the future.

Latina Transgender Activists Fight For Acceptance in Their Communities

"Fuerza" follows Jackie, Janette, and Thalia, three transgender activists working towards acceptance and justice for their community in Orange County, California. The three women meet at The Center OC, an LGBT center in Santa Ana, where they feel safe enough to conduct meetings for Transgeneros En Accion (Transgenders In Action), an activist group for transgender latinas/os to organize.

Among TEA's goals is to stop the discriminatory arrests of transgender people without probable cause in Orange County. Thalia was in prison for a month before she was presumed innocent and released. In the film, she tells her horrific story of guards refusing to move her to a new jail cell despite reporting her cell mate raped her repeatedly.

Jackie is an activist and impersonator at The Frat House, an LGBT-friendly venue in Orange County.

Janette is the bartender at The Frat House. She says the people working at the venue are "a second family" to her because "The Frat House lets all people in." Janette expresses the difficulty of landing a job as a transgender woman. "It is hard to live in a conservative county," she says.

The three women also participate in various projects, including giving toys to children and speaking at political rallies to raise awareness about the LGBT community. They want the public to get to know them as people who only want equal rights and acceptance.

Courtesy of David Thompson.

Read more