Eri Hayward

In honor of Transgender Awareness Week coming to a close, with Transgender Day of Remembrance taking place on Sunday, we present a moving short documentary, “Transmormon,” which explores one person’s experiences growing up transgender and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From the YouTube description:

Eri Hayward was born as a boy in Utah and raised in the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Filmmaker Torben Bernhard shot this poignant short, Transmormon, just before Eri flew to Thailand for sexual reassignment surgery. In the piece, she and her family talk about the long and often painful journey it took to recognize and embrace her transgender identity and the role their faith played along the way. “Being LDS was our life,” she says. “It’s one of the reasons I didn’t find out about what being trans was until I was an adult.”

You can read an interview between the filmmaker and Hayward here, which updates her story further.

Watch the documentary below:

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