Titled Headspace, the film gives an insight into the challenges trans people face daily and stars a fully inclusive, all-trans cast.
It covers something as daily as using a public toilet or visiting a doctor – each a difficult social conversation for a transgender person fearing exposure, embarrassment, or violence. Headspace challenges the idea that once someone has reached a full transition that all discrimination or feelings of anxiety disappear.
Those seen on screen include Laith Ashley, Captain Hannah Winterbourne, Jake Graf himself and Munroe Bergdorf – the activist known most recently for her ongoing fight in challenging racism in the beauty industry.
The short has been viewed over four and a half million times, marking it as a public success.
In writing the description Jake says: “Headspace offers an as-yet-unseen insight into the everyday transgender experience, and will hopefully promote much-needed acceptance and understanding.”
Headspace is another milestone in LGBT representation in cinema revealing that trans men and women face challenges that others are typically privileged to never experience themselves.