It is no secret that Bamby Salcedo is currently a hugely respected trans activist, but the documentary Transvisible offers an intimate insight into how a little boy learned to be strong and embrace “herself.”
The movie begins with a montage of news sources discussing trans immigrant protests. Although the news anchors were talking over each other and the clips were flashing faster than I could comprehend them, I very clearly heard the phrase “these people,” indicating that trans people were some other sect of human that didn’t fit it.
Growing up, Bamby struggled to open up and be herself due to the adversity she faced from all ends as a poor, trans Latina. Initially, she let fear overtake her and fell into a self-destructive cycle of drugs and prostitution, which meant prison time and family problems.
This downward spiral did eventually lead to her personal growth as a beacon of hope within the trans community. The documentary shows Bamby giving seminars and it’s blatantly obvious that everyone in attendance, whatever their age, sexual orientation, or their ethnicity, has been given a safe space in which they can be one with one another.
Working for this magazine has stimulated my curiosity about politically correct terminology—and to be honest, I struggled to define and understand the term trans. For those afraid of being offensive or who simply don’t understand, Transvisible is the perfect learning experience.
Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story will have its Long Beach premiere on Sunday, September 14 at the Art Theater at 12:30pm. It is free for anyone under 21.
For the complete list of movies being shown at QFilms, refer to our previous coverage here.