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SAN DIEGO—Raising Zoey Film Screening + Q&A

April 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am1:30 pm


Zoey Luna, her mother, Ofelia Barba. Courtesy of Transgender Law Center.

SAN DIEGO—California LGBT Arts Alliance, in partnership with San Diego Unified School District’sLGBTQIA+ Education and Advocacy Department, will host a free community film screening and panel discussion of the independent documentary “Raising Zoey” on Friday, April 26, 2019 at San Diego Central Library in the City of San Diego. The all-ages, family-friendly, and bilingual event will feature a screening of the documentary, a light reception, and panel discussion on family LGBTQIA+ acceptance within the Latinx community with Zoey Luna, her mother, Ofelia Barba and the director of the documentary, Dante Alencastre. Released in 2016 and featured at landmark festivals such as Outfest in Los Angeles and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival, “Raising Zoey” follows the story of 13 year-old trans activist Zoey Luna who wants nothing more than to simply go to school, learn, have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made this easy. With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Zoey fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from both school officials and students, Zoey determinedly continues to live her life as she is and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.

RSVP: This event is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant. 


April 26, 2019
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
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San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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