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IN 2016 I CAME ACROSS AN ARTICLE FROM OUT MAGAZINE TITLED “THE MEN WHO WANT AIDS—AND HOW IT IMPROVED THEIR LIVES” WHICH EQUALLY FASCINATED AND SADDENED ME AT THE SAME TIME. AFTER TWO YEARS OF RESEARCH, FROM GOING TO SQUAT HOUSES, INTERVIEWING HOMELESS QUEER KIDS, SPEAKING WITH PEOPLE AT HOMELESS SHELTERS, AND LOOKING INTO STATISTICS, I DOVE INTO THE SCRIPT. AS I WROTE, I QUICKLY REALIZED THE SCRIPT HAD BECOME AN HOMAGE TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO HAD DIED OF AIDS, MY FRIENDS THAT I HAVE LOST TO DRUG ADDICTION, AND TO THE ONES I LOVED THAT HELPED ME FIND MY FOOTING WHEN I, TOO, WAS HOMELESS LIVING IN MY CAR.

 

WHEN I BEGAN WRITING FOR BABY GIRL, I KNEW MY CISGENDER VOICE COULD NEVER DO HER JUSTICE. INTERNALLY SHE WAS BASED ON A COMPOSITE OF SEVERAL TRANS FRIENDS OF MINE, BUT I COULD NEVER ACCURATELY WRITE HER STORY, BECAUSE IT’S NOT MY PLACE TO TELL IT. EMMY, WHO I HAVE KNOWN FOR 20 YEARS,  WAS QUICK TO STEP IN TO GIVE BABY GIRL, DESIREE, AND THE MYRIAD OF TRANS WOMEN IN THE FILM A CLEAR AND DISTINCT VOICE THAT REPRESENTS THE REAL EXPERIENCE OF BLACK TRANS WOMEN.

 

THE FINAL PRODUCT IS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF RESEARCH, COLLABORATION, DEDICATION, LOVE, AND MOSTLY SPEAKING OUR TRUTHS. THIS IS FOR ALL THE BABY GIRLS WHO ARE NOW BEYOND THE RAINBOW. MAY HER LEGACY AND LIFE ON THE SCREEN BE THE TRUE CHANGE WE NEED TO SEE IN THE WORLD. THIS IS FOR ALL OF YOU.

 

BRANDON DEYETTE, SCREENWRITER/PRODUCER

A LETTER FROM THE SCREENWRITER

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THE FOLLOWING TRANS WOMEN HAVE BEEN MURDERED 

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS PROJECT:

2016

ERIKA TIJERINA

RAE'LYNN THOMAS

MONICA LOERA

JASMINE SIERRA

MAYA YOUNG

KENDARIE JOHNSON

QUARTNEY DAVIS DAWSON-YOCHUM

SHANTÉ  THOMPSON

KEYONNA BLAKENEY

REECEY WALKER

MERCEDES SUCCESSFUL 

AMOS BEEDE

GODDESS DIAMOND

DEENIQUIA DODDS

DEE WHIGHAM

T.T.

CRYSTAL EDMONDS

JAZZ ALFORD

BRANDI BLEDSOE

NOONY NORWOOD

INDIA MONROE

 

2017

HILARIO LÓPEZ RUIZ

MESHA CALDWELL

JAMIE LEE WOUNDED ARROW

JOJO STRIKER

TIARA RICHMOND AKA KEKE COLLIER

CHYNA GIBSON

CIARA MCELVEEN

JAQUARRUIS HOLLAND

CHAY REED

SHERRELL FAULKNER

KENNE MCFADDEN

KENDRA MARIE ADAMS

AVA LE’RAY BARRIN

TEETEE DANGERFIELD

JAYLOW MCGLORY

GWYNEVERE RIVER SONG

KIWI HERRING

KASHMIRE NAZIER REDD

DERRICKA BANNER

ALLY STEINFELD 

STEPHANIE MONTEZ

CANDACE TOWNS

BROOKLYN BREYANNA STEVENSON 

BRANDI SEALS

RHIANNON LAYENDECKER

2018

KELLY STOUGH

CHRISTA LEIGH STEELE-KNUDSLEIN

VICCKY GUTIERREZ

CELINE WALKER

TONYA HARVEY

ZAKARIA FRY

SASHA WALL

AMIA TYRAE BERRYMAN

PHYLICIA MITCHELL

KARLA PATRICIA FLORES-PAVÓN

GIGI PIERCE

ROXANA HERNÁNDEZ

ANTASH’A ENGLISH  

DIAMOND STEPHENS

CATHALINA CHRISTINA JAMES

KEISHA WELLS

SASHA GARDEN

VONTASHIA BELL

DEJANAY STANTON

SHANTEE TUCKER

LONDONN MOORE

NIKKI ENRIQUEZ

CIARA MINAJ CARTER FRAZIER

REGINA DENISE BROWN

TYDI DANSBURY

KEANNA MATTEL

2019

MUHLAYSIA BOOKER

JOHANA MEDINA LEON

KIKI FANTROY

BEE LOVE SLATER

MICHELLE “TAMIKA” WASHINGTON 

DANA MARTIN

ELLIE MARIE WASHTOCK

ASHANTI CARMON

CLAIRE LEGATO

PARIS CAMERON

TITI GULLEY

ZOE SPEARS

CHYNAL LINDSEY 

CHANEL SCURLOCK

BROOKLYN LINDSEY

DENALI BERRIES STUCKEY

TRACY SINGLE

BUBBA WALKER

JORDAN COFER

BAILEY REEVES

PEBBLES LADIME DOE

ITALI MARLOWE

BRIANNA “BB” HILL

YAHIRA NESBY

MIA PERRY

LAYLEEN POLANCO

2020

YAMPI MÉNDEZ AROCHO

ALEXA LUCIANO RUIZ

LAYLA PELAEZ SÁNCHEZ

SELENA REYES-HERNANDEZ

MONIKA DIAMOND

LEXI

SERENA ANGELIQUE VELÁSQUEZ RAMOS

PENÉLOPE DÍAZ RAMÍREZ

NINA POP

HELLE JAE O’REGAN

DOMINIQUE “REM’MIE” FALLS

RIAH MILTON

JAYNE THOMPSON 

BRAYLA STONE

MERCI MACK

SHAKI PETERS

SUMMER TAYLOR

BREE BLACK 

MARILYN CAZARES

DIOR HOVA AKA TIFFANY HARRIS

QUEASHA D HARDY