Raising Zoey

Raising Zoey


September 29, 2017    
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


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HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20005

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Thank you to our presenting Platinum Sponsors


 Human Rights Campaign and Reel Affirmations Presents

Directed by Dante Alencastre
Produced by John Johnston and Dante Alencastre

Click here for the film’s trailer 

Affecting the lives of countless kids, teenagers and even adults, 13 year-old trans activist Zoey Luna wants nothing more than to simply go to school, learn, have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made this easy. With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia and the ACLU, Zoey fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from both school officials and students, Zoey determinedly continues to live her life as she is and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.

Los Angeles Pride honored Zoey in 2013 with the Outstanding Youth Leader Award, given to a young person who has worked for the betterment of young people’s lives in regards to LGBT issues. And in 2014, Zoey won her case, setting a precedent for other school boards to follow.
This is the heartwarming story of a family faced with the insurmountable challenges of a youth’s gender transition. Instinctively and unconditionally supporting her daughter’s journey, Ofelia reaches out to a community beyond her resources for guidance and knowledge. “Zoey is not special because she is trans. She is special because she is my child.”

Please join us for our Director and Cast Talk Back with

Director Dante Alencastre and Zoey’s Mom Ofelia Barba

and stay to enjoy their catered cocktail reception

Each ticket purchase includes a year membership to the Human Rights Campaign

Thank you to our libation sponsor


Thank you to our community/media partners





Bookings are closed for this event.