“Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be" features Chicago trans man Logan Pierce
ABC owned television stations have released full episodes of Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be with all episodes now available on the station groups' *32 connected TV apps across streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.
The Pride special is an eight-episode short documentary series dedicated to amplifying the voices of transgender communities across America through first-person narratives.
The powerful first-person storytelling includes:
- Filmmaker Lex Kennedy on the invisibility of Black transgender men
- Becoming his true self: Karson Coomes shares his transition journey
- 'I am who I want to be': North Carolina transgender teen finds herself during COVID-19 pandemic
- Becoming Zayn: Trans man's journey from coming out to fatherhood
- 'Possibilities are limitless': Trans activist Cecilia Chung shares journey from homelessness to policy advocacy
- Logan Pierce helps trans youth find support, joy with mentorship program
- Honey Mahogany: From competing in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' to making history in politics
- How pandemic restrictions gave Kaylee Harris the chance to explore her gender identity
Logan Pierce, who is Korean and white, identifies as a trans masculine person and he is working to help support transgender youth.
Pierce is program coordinator for TransMentor, a mentorship program for trans youth that is run by Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The program pairs young participants with adult mentors.
Pierce told ABC sometimes trans youth have parents who reject their transition or struggle with understanding it.
"I think when parents put that projection onto their kid, it's, it's super harmful. And not only that, but your child's alive," Pierce said.
"I don't identify necessarily like as a man, but my presence is very masculine," he said. "I use he, him, his pronouns."
In high school, Pierce came out as a lesbian. "It wasn't until I started seeing YouTube videos of trans masculine people that I was like, oh wait," he said.
Pierce came out as trans masculine at 18. He said his siblings and his grandmother, who immigrated from South Korea, have embraced his identity.
"I was extremely fortunate to have that kind of love surround me," he said.
Our America: Who I’m Meant to Be, Extending The Conversation, is a post-show event premiering on June 23 and hosted by KGO-TV reporter Reggie Aqui and transgender activist and award-winning writer Raquel Willis.
HOW TO WATCH:
*Viewers can stream the After-show event on ABC Owned Television Stations' free news apps: ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham, and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno and connected TV Apps on streaming platforms Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.