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Congratulations to Tender for its official selection in the Leeds Queer Film Festival and the San Francisco Independent Film Festival! Along with the Baltimore International Black Film Festival, the Black Alphabet Film Festival, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and the Urban Film Festival!


Tender  is available for streaming at New Day Films!

From the director:

"Black trans women in my film repeatedly call for black, cisgender, and gay communities to support them in their efforts to find affordable housing. I am using my position to make a film that addresses one of the most pressing concerns for black trans women in San Francisco: keeping safe spaces of their own in the Tenderloin. "

What people are saying about Tender:

Not to be overlooked is Tender, which concerns itself with the day-to-day lives of Black trans women in the Tenderloin, now the site of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District. In spite of having been shot right here in San Francisco, it came to Virago’s attention through the festival’s ordinary call for submissions. She likes it as a response to the city’s reputation as a “progressive jewel box,” that has all the answers.

--Shawna Virago, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival as reported by Peter Lawrence Kane, 48hills.org


Tender is at once spacious and observational and intimate and familial. Janetta, Cookie and Ronjah tell us so much in a beautiful, impactful and remarkably brief twenty minutes.  

--Stephany Ashley, Brilliant Corners 


Having worked in the Tenderloin for 2 years on the corner of Turk & Jones, Tender brought back a rush of memories for me. This is a heartfelt film that will definitely leave an impact on all those that watch it. 

--Shannon Noonan

Participants

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Ronjah Earl

Janetta Johnson

Cookie Bivens

Ronjah Earl

Originally from southern California, Ronjah migrated to San Francisco’s Tenderloin because of its history as a space for trans women. 

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Cookie Bivens

Janetta Johnson

Cookie Bivens

Cookie Bivens

Formerly incarcerated, Cookie gravitated to the Tenderloin thanks to support from the Trans Gender-variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). 

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Janetta Johnson

Janetta Johnson

Janetta Johnson

Janetta Johnson

Janetta is Executive Director of TGIJP. She fights to secure housing for formerly incarcerated trans women.

Trailer

Tender captures the color and beauty of one of San Francisco’s most maligned neighborhoods. Three black trans women describe their roots and ties to this historically transgender space in the city of San Francisco. Yet, their efforts to remain there dwindle as rents rise, space becomes more unaffordable, and gentrification encroaches. 

Advocacy

TGI Justice Project

TGI Justice Project

TGI Justice Project

Brilliant Corners

TGI Justice Project

TGI Justice Project

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