After she was not accepted into nursing school for being transgender, Blossom C Brown, won national attention when she appeared in Season 1 of Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series “I Am Cait,” and later on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Growing up in Mississippi wasn’t easy for a transgender woman of color. Originally born in Greenwood, MS and raised in Jackson, MS Blossom struggled with her identity and her health, but that didn’t stop her from going after her dreams and going to college. She overcame racial and gender prejudices to become the first transgender woman to graduate from Mississippi University for Women. However, her dreams of becoming a nurse were shattered when she was not accepted into nursing school. Even with top scores and great grades no nursing program would take her.
Not giving up on her dream, Blossom became a volunteer with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in San Francisco. She won national attention when she appeared in Season 1 of Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series “I Am Cait,” and later on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” during which Caitlyn and Ellen teamed up to help her pay for school. Blossom then moved to L.A. to follow her dreams of working in the health industry and became a prep navigator to those seeking aid at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Get Prep LA. Upon moving to L.A. career opportunities in the entertainment industry began to appear and Blossom has now found herself creating a bigger voice for transgender people in an industry that she is new too.
“Blossom” is an eye-opening and inspiring story about a transgender woman of color, and her quest in getting answers about her past. Getting the answers as to why she was denied entry into nursing school will hopefully create a way for other black trans women of color to be able to go to nursing school in Mississippi.
Director Alexandrina Andre received her Master’s in Fine Arts from Florida State University (2016). She is a first-generation American from Queens, New York. Being a first-generation child in NY led her to a world of diverse cultural backgrounds, and that experience created a desire to tell those diverse stories. Her stories focus on women, minorities, and the marginalized, and she believes that telling these stories introduces her audience to a world beyond their own. Upon graduating, Alexandrina decided to make a career out of her love for writing, and moved to Los Angeles. She has written and directed two shorts that have showcased in film festivals around the world including the Cinequest Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, and BET’s Bronze Lens Film Festival. She also recently production managed The Endless (2017), a feature that premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. We are currently raising money through Seed and Spark for post-production and to travel to Mississippi to interview the committee that denied Blossom into nursing school.
Check out our campaign here: www.seedandspark.com/fund/blossom
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