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Breaking News! Governor Brown Signs Respect After Death Act

Victory! Governor Brown Signs AB 1577 into law!

http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/11140

We send love, healing, release, peace and power to the spirit of Our brother friend Uncle Christopher Lee, whose death and misgendering of his death certificate was the catalyst for this bill.

We went to Transgender Law Center in Winter 2013 when we found that the coroners had misgendered Christopher as female on his death certificate. We want to thank Ilona TurnerMasen DavisSasha BuchertMark Daniel SnyderDanny Kirchoff, Matt Wood, Jim Woods and many others at Transgender Law Center for you being fierce allies and advocates…thank you to Jo Michael at EQCA and Gibran Maciel with Assemblymember Toni Atkins office – to whom of course we are grateful for championing the bill.

Dragon’s Blood Rising!

Sincerely,
Maya Scott-Chung

Breaking news! The Respect After Death Act Passes the State Assembly Health Committee

Logo Respect After Death LegislationOn Tuesday, March 26, The Respect After Death Act (AB 1577), authored by Assembly Speaker-elect Toni Atkins and sponsored by Transgender Law Center and Equality California, passed the Assembly Health Committee today by a bipartisan provisional vote of 17-1. The bill is designed to help ensure transgender people have their authentic gender identity reflected on their death certificates. (Click here to read more about the bill.)

In part inspired by the experiences of Christopher Lee’s adopted family, the Scott-Chungs, to have his proper gender identity recognized on his death certificate, Chino Scott-Chung testified in Christopher Lee’s name, while Luna, Grandma Teresa and the Chungs’ new buddy, Sasha Buchert from Transgender Law Center, drove to Sacramento together. Here’s Chino’s testimony!   Join us in telling your stories…

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My name is Chino Scott-Chung and I identify as transgender. I am testifying in support of AB 1577, the Respect After Death Act in the name of my brother and best friend, Christopher Lee.

Christopher was a lovely, generous, beautiful man who would drop everything to help a friend. For my 50th birthday he stayed up all night rebuilding my front porch to surprise me in the morning. He was the best man at my wedding.  He was at our home for his last Thanksgiving feast.

Christopher was a visionary trailblazer, artist and activist. He co-founded the Transgender Film Festival in 1997,  which continues to this day. He was elected as the first openly transgender man  to be Grand Marshall in the 2002 Gay Pride Parade.

In December of 2012 we lost Christopher. He was 48 years old. We gave the coroner several identity documents and told them he was a transgender man. Later, when I went to pick up his ashes and death certificate, I was shocked to discover he was listed as female on his death certificate.

Christopher lived his life in all ways as a man and he changed his drivers license and passport to reflect this. Listing him as female on his death certificate is disrespectful to his memory and legacy. It is deeply painful to me, to his chosen family and the communities he was so much a part of.

Christopher left an indelible mark on all who met him. We hope that his legacy lives on through passing AB 1577, the Respect After Death Act. This Act will provide clarity to the authorities responsible for completing death certificates and will ensure that all transgender people are respected after death by honoring his or her authentic gender identity.
XOXO Maya
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Posted by Shivaun Nestor for Maya Scott-Chung

Press Release: Community Event to Celebrate the Life and Work of Local Transgender Filmmaker, Christopher Lee

Date: December 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Maya Scott-Chung,  conceptionsconsulting@gmail.com
Shivaun Nestor, 415.640.7265, siobhann@sbcglobal.net

PDF Version of Press Release:
PressRelease_CLMemorial_December172013[7]

Community Event to Celebrate the Life and Work of Local Transgender Filmmaker, Christopher Lee

A consortium of LGBTQ community organizations will present Christopher Lee: A Community Celebration and Film Screening, taking place at The New Parkway Theater on Saturday, December 21, 2013.  Two separate programs will feature four of Mr. Lee’s groundbreaking and award-winning films, Christopher’s Chronicles, Trappings of Transhood, Alley of the Tranny Boys, and Sex Flesh in Blood

Christopher Lee, also known as Christoph, touched many individuals and communities during his lifetime. An artist, trailblazer, mentor, and dear friend, he left an indelible mark on everyone who met him. It has been almost a year since Christopher Lee took his life. The intimate setting of the New Parkway Theater provides the perfect setting to celebrate the life and lasting legacy of this groundbreaking artist and community leader.

The New Parkway Theater is located at 474 – 24th Street in Oakland, CA.  Program 1, which will screen Trappings of Transhood and Christopher’s Chronicles, is scheduled for 12:00PM – 1:45PM. Program 2 will take place from 2:00PM – 4:45 PM, and will feature Alley of the Tranny Boys and Sex Flesh in Blood. Tickets can be purchased at Brownpapertickets.com or at the New Parkway Theater on the day of the event for $10 per program. Onsite childcare will be available.

At the end of each program, community leaders and activists will make short presentations about how Christopher impacted their own work and on other efforts to keep Christopher’s legacy alive.  Attendees also will have an opportunity to bear witness on how they were touched by Christopher as a person and/or an artist.  In addition, organizers are inviting attendees to bring flyers, brochures, or other materials related to supporting the health, resilience, art and culture of transgender people and their families, and to share them at resource information tables that will be set up in the theater lobby.

Masen Davis, Transgender Law Center Executive Director, says of the event, “It’s so important to celebrate and honor those who we have lost. Christopher’s legacy will live on in so many ways, one of which is inspiring the momentum to change the law so that all Californians can have their gender identity respected upon their passing.”

Chino Scott-Chung, a member of Christopher’s chosen family shares that, “Christopher was my brother, my best friend, my confidante, the one who came to help at a moment’s notice, the one I went to when I could go to nobody else. He had that way of looking right into your eyes, looking for that place where he could find you, where his deeply etched smile lives. Christopher lives.”

A number of community leaders who were featured in Trappings of Transhood will be present, including writer and public health consultant Willy Wilkinson. “Trappings of Transhood is a historic documentation of the lives of a multicultural group of transmasculine individuals at a time when few genuine representations of us existed,” said Wilkinson. “This film blew open a world of racial, cultural, gender, and sexual complexity like no other film before it, and is a smart, sexy reflection of early trans pride.”

Event co-sponsors include:

Host: Dragon’s Blood Rising, http://www.dragonsbloodrising.org
An evolving space for reflection on the legacy of Christopher Lee providing support resources for transgender people and their extended families
Host: The New Parkway Theater, http://www.thenewparkway.com
An eclectic movie-going experience where people watch movies with friends and community
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community http://www.apiqwtc.org
A fun, welcoming, multi-generational group of Asian & Pacific islander queer women and transgender people in the Bay Area, who are building community together
Fresh Meat Productions, http://www.freshmeatproductions.org
The home of Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat Productions creates, presents and tours transgender and queer performance, dance and media arts
Gender Reel Festival, https://twitter.com/genderreel
The only national film and performance art festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming individuals
Lolo Cooperative Health, http://www.lolohealth.com
Clinic run by a community of doctors and therapists who provide holistic, integrative, and patient-centered care
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, http://www.sftff.org
Promotes the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenges the mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of our communities. Run by Artistic Director, Shawna Virago, the festival was founded in 1997 by Christopher Lee, Al Austin and Elise Hurwitz. Originally named Tranny Fest, SFTFF was North America’s first transgender film festival.
Saint Harridan, http://www.saintharridan.com
Providing a line of suits featuring a sleek masculine cut, re-engineered for women and transmen
Transgender Law Center, http://transgenderlawcenter.org
Working
to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Transgress Press, http://www.transgresspress.org
Using entrepreneurial capitalism to support progressive thought and projects change conventional publishing practices and in empower communities and organizations
What Makes a Baby? http://www.what-makes-a-baby.com
Written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, this modern picture book about where babies come fits for every kind of family and every kind of kid.

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DragonsBloodRising.org provides a growing and evolving space for reflections on the life and legacies of Christopher Lee as well as support resources for transgender people and extended families. Organizers invite LGBTQ community members and allies to share their stories about Christopher. The site also provides film updates, action opportunities, resiliency resources, and more.

Co-Sponsors: CL Screening & Celebration, December 21, 2013

The screening is a highly collaborative event.  In addition to DragonsBloodRising.org and the Christopher Lee Memorial Community, the organizations listed below are event co-sponsors, and will have materials at the event.  Clicking on the logo will take you to the organization’s website, which will appear in a new window.

This is a community building space, so if you have flyers, brochures, or other materials related to supporting the health, resilience, art and culture of transgender people and their families, please bring it with you.  We’ll have plenty of table space to share resources.

Hosting Organizations

Dragon’s Blood Rising
http://www.dragonsbloodrising.org
An evolving space for reflection on the legacy of Christopher Lee providing support resources for transgender people and their extended families

The New Parkway Theater
The New Parkway Theater
http://www.thenewparkway.com
An eclectic movie-going experience where people watch movies with friends and community

Event Co-Sponsors (in alphabetical order)

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women Transgender Coalition
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community http://www.apiqwtc.org
A fun, welcoming, multi-generational group of Asian & Pacific islander queer women and transgender people in the Bay Area, who are building community together

Fresh Meat Productions
Fresh Meat Productions
http://www.freshmeatproductions.org
The home of Sean Dorsey, Fresh Meat Productions creates, presents and tours transgender and queer performance, dance and media arts

Gender Reel Film Festival
Gender Reel Festival

https://twitter.com/genderreel
The only national film and performance art festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming individuals

Lolo Cooperative Health Center
Lolo Cooperative Health

http://www.lolohealth.com
Clinic run by a community of doctors and therapists who provide holistic, integrative, and patient-centered care

Saint Harridan
Saint Harridan

http://www.saintharridan.com

Providing a line of suits featuring a sleek masculine cut, re-engineered for women and transmen

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

http://www.sftff.org
Promotes the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenges the mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of our communities. Run by Artistic Director, Shawna Virago, the festival was founded in 1997 by Christopher Lee, Al Austin and Elise Hurwitz. Originally named Tranny Fest, SFTFF was North America’s first transgender film festival.

The Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center

http://transgenderlawcenter.org
Working to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Transgress Press
Transgress Press
http://www.transgresspress.org
Using entrepreneurial capitalism to support progressive thought and projects change conventional publishing practices and in empower communities and organizations

What Makes A Baby?
What Makes a Baby?

http://www.what-makes-a-baby.com
Written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, this modern picture book about where babies come fits for every kind of family and every kind of kid

 

December 2013 Celebration & Film Screening

Christopher Lee Film Screening & Celebration, December 21, 2013

It has been almost a year since Christopher Lee took his life. We ask you to join us, not in mourning, but to celebrate his life and the lasting legacy of his work in the intimate setting of the New Parkway Theater.

In addition to screening Christopher’s films, The New Parkway has food, drink, family, and friends.  Both programs will include information on new legislation being put forward by the Transgender Law Center in Christopher Lee’s name, as well as an invitation to bear witness to how you were touched by Christopher, as a person and/or an artist.

DAY/DATE: Saturday, December 21, 2013
LOCATION: The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
COST: $10.00 for each program, to cover the cost of the theater rental

PROGRAM 1: 12:00PM – 1:45PM
Christopher’s Chronicles  |  Trappings of Transhood
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/532346
This program contains sexual information that may not be suitable for people under the age of 14; parental guidance advised.  

Program 2: 2:00PM – 4:45PM
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/532358
Alley of the Tranny Boys | Sex Flesh in Blood | Communi
This program contains graphic sexual imagery and is open to adults, age 18 and over.

Community Gathering: 12:00 – 4:45 PM
This is a community building space, so if you have flyers, brochures, or other materials related to supporting the health, resilience, art and culture of transgender people and their families, please bring it with you.  We’ll have plenty of table space to share resources.

Childcare
Many of us who will be attending are parents. We will have childcare available upstairs in the New Parkway provided by several young adults in our community. Childcare will be sliding scale (about $10/per child)- we just want to make sure to pay our childcare providers. Please email Maya at maya@dragonsbloodrising.org or call or text (510) 381-0876 to RSVP re childcare.

Sponsors
This is a collaborative event.  Please click here for a full list of collaborators.

Spread the word!
We invite you to help us spread the word. Please click here for a flyer about the event. Please  click here for a PDF copy of the press release.

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, Nov 8-10

San Francisco Transgender Film FestivalThe 2013 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival is almost here!  This year, after 11 sold-out Festivals, SFTFF is expanding to its biggest lineup ever with 3 days of spectacular programs and events. To celebrate the expansion, and with your help through Kickstarter, the 2013 Festival returns to the Roxie Theater!

Click here to view the program and to buy tickets.

Festival History

In 1997, Christopher Lee, Al Austin, and Elise Hurwitz made history when they founded Tranny Fest, North America’s first transgender film festival.  From the beginning, the festival – now called the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) – has built community, launched careers, and mentored emerging transgender filmmakers and festivals around the world. SFTFF screens films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge mainstream media stereotypes of our communities.

Festival Director, Shawna Virago, invites you to experience three days and nights of award-winning transgender cinema  dynamic programs of local, national and international films by transgender and gender variant artists from around the world.  And don’t miss the November 9 tribute to Christopher Lee, details below.

Saturday November 9 @ 9:30pm (+18 only, ID required)
TRANSEX: A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTOPHER LEE

fuck/talk
Courtney Trouble
-Dyke and trans*-identified Hayley Fingersmith and trans*-identified Jacques LeFemme discuss gender and queerness, while showing us just how hot gender fucking can be.

Behind the Scenes: CrashPad Episode 135: Devon Wipp & Vaughn Trapp
-Part interview, part blooper reel, and part porn, this Behind the Scenes video features Devon Wipp and Vaughn Trapp as they share the politics behind shooting for Pink & White Productions’ San Francisco-based queer porn website, CrashPadSeries.com.

Alley Of The Trannyboys
Directed by Christopher Lee; edited by J Zapata
-The film that started radical transgender porn.  Alley Of The Trannyboys was the first feature length erotic film with an all-trans man cast.

Love Song to Christopher

Poem by Chino Mei Beck Chung
with lyrics from “If I Die Young,” by the Band Perry

If I die young,
Bury me in satin,
Cover me in a, bed of roses,
Sink me in the river, at dawn,
Send me away with the words of a love song.

Christopher, my brother my son,
I have known you a long, long time,
When you first arrived in SF,
L O V E / H A T E tattooed on your fingers,
You made everyone call you “he.”
There was no TG community then,
Nobody knew how to understand it,
You wouldn’t let up, we called you “he.”

Then you transitioned slowly, over time,
I watched you change,
You showed me everything,
Even if I didn’t want to see it.

Then you created Tranny Fest,
I went to every film festival,
You were magnificent,
Your dark vampire eyes, fur collar,
I wanted to be you.

Then we both moved to the East Bay,
Me and my family in a big house,
You were the one person that was happy for us.
And you moved to your boat,
We would sit in the warm sun on the deck of The Defiant One,
You would make hot dogs piled high with chili and yellow cheese,
And we would listen to the water
slapping the sides, and the seagulls.

You would come to my house for
Christmas, the holidays,
This last Thanksgiving you sat in the middle of the room,
Singing Christmas songs alone,
A hollow smile.
Everybody milling around you,
Then you fell asleep on the couch.
I wish I could have reached and had you stay the night.
I feel every missed moment with you.

I remember every good time with you.
Our nights at the Oaks Club,
You loved the Fred Flintstone turkey legs,
The hand-carved corned beef,
You would pay when I was down
I would pay when you were down.

We drove to the casino one night,
I called you, “Hey you down for Thunder Valley?”
An hour later we were on our way.
I played Texas Hold Em’ and you hung out,
Not much of a gambler.
Back at the hotel you insisted on going to the pool,
The size of a Jacuzzi, I was not going,
But,
We ended up in there talking story
Until it was dark,
My teeth chattering.

I remember your laugh,
You smiled so easily,
I watched the lines grow around your eyes
with every smile.
The way you looked right into mine,
Your face awash with light.
You were so charming,
A gentleman to the very end.

You chose the room filled with pain.
You closed the door.

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best, boys, and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done
A penny for my thoughts, oh, no, I’ll sell ’em for a dollar
They’re worth so much more after I’m a goner
And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’
Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’

An Invitation to Contribute

Christopher touched many people from many different communities.  We are hoping that if you were one of these individuals, you will be willing to contribute to this blog.  Please share your poems, writings, photos, spoken word and other remembrances.  In addition to text and images, this site will support audio and video files.  We hope that this blog will be a living memory of Christopher where we can collectively share our thoughts and memories. Eventually, we are hoping to eventually publish them in an anthology.