The Peabody Award-winning film Soldier’s Girl will screen tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open 6:00 p.m.) in the Fellowship Hall of Caldwell Chapel. The film screening, with discussion afterwards, is one of the events associated with the observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance at Louisville Seminary. (More information on the film is available in the Internet Movie Database entry on Soldier’s Girl)
The film dramatizes a true story, the events of which unfolded in nearby Fort Campbell. Its presentation of the relationship of an army private and a transgender civilian, and its tragic end, raises many issues about the complex relationships of gender identity, gender presentation, social roles and expectations, and what constitutes compassionate and ethical response to that complexity.
One of the principal characters in the story, Calpernia Addams, was propelled into transgender activism by the events. A brief tribute to Pfc. Barry Winchell is online at Unfinished Lives, an ongoing project of Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle and Brite Divinity School.