How do trans* people of color thrive? Join Chicagoans on their journeys to find love, creativity and healing in BEEN T/HERE.

Starring: Mama Gloria, Darling Shear, NIC Kay, Karari Olvera, E Armea, Crispins Torres and Nina Chaubal



Can wearing a suit be punk rock? A riot grrrl at heart, Crispin Torres contemplates his journey to navigate his catholic faith and how he eventually found love in a bandmate.
Known as Mama in the gayborhood, Gloria Allen shares a few of the lessons she learned from her own beauty-queen-of-a mother and from a tumultuous twenty year relationship with a man on the down low.
E Armea builds architectural models in the day and community at night. Having sworn off dating white people years ago, he finds love where he least expects and is changed by the experience.
In search of accomplices, frenemies, and boy toys, Karari is learning how to best love others and herself.

As co-founder of the Trans Lifeline, Nina's gets personal about the journey for authenticity and connection took her from Mumbai to San Francisco.

NIC Kay was hypnotized by the beat from a young age. They taught themself to vogue, and is on their most personal journey so far, sharing their early life through movement.
An eccentric artist and 5th generation descendant of a voodoo priestess, Darling Shear causes awareness to vibrational alignment by day and restages historical jazz numbers by night.

America may be discovering trans* people, but we’ve been here all along. Peel back the hype to share genuine moments with a nerdy immigrant, a kinky organizer, a catholic punk, and more. How did you find love? What inspires you? What keeps you going? Join us on our journeys, and you may even find that you’ve Been There too.