One Hundred Sleepless Nights

A monologue about a young transgender man starts a conversation about gender identity. Featuring conversations with three trans and non-binary young people and trans actor and activist Scott Turner Schofield.


 
They’re a boy, plain and simple. They don’t understand what it’s like to go through this endless, torturous cycle all because they were born in the wrong body.
— from "One Hundred Sleepless Nights" by Hunter M.
 

 

All across the city and country, from kitchen tables to legislative halls, conversations about gender identity are front and center like never before. It’s a polarizing topic that is often difficult to talk about even for those who are open-minded and want to be supportive. In March 2017, City Council voted unanimously on a resolution to officially declare March 31st Transgender Visibility Day in the City of Philadelphia. Two days later, a different kind of sentiment was made visible when a large bus plastered with anti-transgender language rolled past City Hall.

Complicated issues are better understood when people at the heart of the matter are given a chance to speak for themselves.

On this episode of Mouthful, we create a space for trans and non-binary voices, including conversations with:

  • Hunter, a high school senior from North Philly, whose award-winning monologue about a trans youth was picked from hundreds of submissions as a winner in the Young Voices Monologue Festival

  • Alex and Dalyla, two powerful young trans advocates from the Attic, Philadelphia’s center for LGBTQ youth, and

  • Scott Turner Schofield, trans actor, activist, and star of Bold and the Beautiful

The Conversation

Alex Phillips is a senior at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Named one of "18 LGBTQ Youth Who Are Changing the World" by GLSEN, Alex worked with the School District of Philadelphia to develop a new policy for transgender and gender diverse students in 2016.

Alex Phillips is a senior at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Named one of "18 LGBTQ Youth Who Are Changing the World" by GLSEN, Alex worked with the School District of Philadelphia to develop a new policy for transgender and gender diverse students in 2016.

 
Dalyla Baker is an outspoken advocate for the transgender community in Philadelphia. A role model at the Attic, Philadelphia's center for LGBTQ youth, Dalyla performs on stages across Philadelphia as her drag persona Dalyla Mizani.

Dalyla Baker is an outspoken advocate for the transgender community in Philadelphia. A role model at the Attic, Philadelphia's center for LGBTQ youth, Dalyla performs on stages across Philadelphia as her drag persona Dalyla Mizani.

Scott Turner Schofield is an artist, actor, and activist. The first openly transgender actor to have a recurring role on daytime television on The Bold and The Beautiful, Scott is paving the way for transgender rights and visibility through performance and education.

Scott Turner Schofield is an artist, actor, and activist. The first openly transgender actor to have a recurring role on daytime television on The Bold and The Beautiful, Scott is paving the way for transgender rights and visibility through performance and education.

Connections

The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Attic is proud to be Philadelphia's only independent LGBTQ youth center.

The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.

The Attic is proud to be Philadelphia's only independent LGBTQ youth center.

Further Reading and Resources

Read more about the role young people are playing to change the conversation about transgender rights, equality, and visibility from the Human Rights Campaign.

Find out how to be an ally for the transgender community via GLAAD.

Learn more about violence against the transgender community and what you can do to fight it from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

Check out this list of books by and about the transgender and gender non-conforming community for all ages.

Click here to learn more about Philadelphia Young Playwrights.