A journey through the heart of your story.

— About —

We are #MoreThanTrans. We are Transilient.

Transilient is a traveling photo and interview-based project. We candidly document transgender and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities using only their voices.

The project attempts to humanize, educate and destroy the assumption that trans folks are solely defined by their physical experience and their oppression.  To bring about understanding and tackle transphobia we aim to weave transgender lives into the overall human experience instead of merely focusing on the transition.

Our objective is to create a platform that is accessible to all people, in and out of the trans community.

In 2016, the Transilient team drove over 10,000 miles around the U.S. interviewing trans folks from all walks of life.

This July Transilient is hitting the road again in a post Trump America. We will be focusing on the states most impacted by anti-LGBT legislation.

— Blog —

Should I just take it off? The dress.
Fighting A Culture War
Basil talks about having an epiphany through his own work and how amazing trans soldiers truly are.

— Transilient Path —

Summer 2017

Miami, Florida
June 28
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
June 30
Daisey, Florida
July 1
The Village, Florida
July 2
Jacksonville, Florida
July 2 - 3
Off Day
July 4
Savannah, Georgia
July 5
Atlanta, Georgia
July 6
Basil's 31st birthday so SIX FLAGS
July 7
Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Kennessaw
July 9
Auburn, Alabama
July 10
Birmingham, Alabama
July 11
Jackson, Mississippi
July 12
Little Rock, Arkansas
July 13
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 14
Dallas, Texas
July 15
Houston, Texas
July 16
Austin, Texas
July 18 - 22 (interviewing folks and taking a break to recuperate)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 22 - 23
Flagstaff, Arizona
July 24
Joshua Tree, California
July 26 (camping)
Barstow, California
July 27
Los Angeles, California
July 28
Bay Area, California
July 31
Sacramento, California
August 3
The Redwoods, California
August 4

— Who we are—

SahLeem Israel

SahLeem was the Operations Manager with Transilient on the 2017 tour. He has worked as an independent graphic design artist and communications consultant, helping to fill creative branding and marketing needs for faith based and QPOC communities. SahLeem previously worked for organizations such as Black Transmen Advocacy, CK Life Trans Health Clinic and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.

Klie Kliebert

Klie is Transilient's Communications Director. They are a nonbinary activist from New Orleans who loves life, water, family, cordyceps fungi, cats, and anything by Octavia Butler. With experience in Communications, Social Work and Biology, Klie spends most of their time creating equitable spaces in environmental justice and open source tech. They are interested in kindness and in leaving this place better than we found it.

Basil Vaughn Soper

Basil is a man of transgender experience, writer, photographer, anti-racist, intersectional activist and Southerner who wears his heart on his sleeve. He is the founder and Executive Director at Transilient. He’s an astrology enthusiast and tears up when he watches unexpected-animal-friend videos on the internet. Basil’s life goals are to write a memoir and be the best uncle ever to his niece, Penelope.


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Jonah Welch

Jonah is a visual artist and mystic specializing in work that promotes the spiritual uplift of the transgender community. Jonah is the Director's assistant. With an academic background in Gender Studies, Jonah makes art that touches on subjects of embodiment, place, marginalization, dysphoria, sex, mental health, expansion, and transgender spiritual renaissance.


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Sophia Stanford

Sophia is a content creator with Transilient and she is based in Portland.

Julisa Abad

Julisa is a trans woman based in Detroit. She is a content creator with Transilient. She is the Transgender Advocate and Community builder with Equality Michigan. She is fiercely passionate about helping her fellow girls, helping to end homelessness, and fights to get the basic needs met of trans women of color.

Carmen Butler

Carmen is a dog enthusiast living in New Orleans. She spends her days managing the largest pit bull rescue in the country. She is a content creator with Transilient. She plans to pursue a career in medical esthetics and make up artistry. She is a jack of all trades, master at none who loves nothing more than creating with her friends.

Johanna C Case

Jo is a daydreamer, musician, photographer and writer who has a natural affinity for most occupations you can’t make a living in. She is an exorbitant dancer, surprisingly good shot and innovative speller. Jo helped launch Transilient on it's first tour in 2016. She's been an integral part of Transilient's success and growth. She lives in New York and attend The New School.

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Cady Holmes

Cady lives in southern Louisiana where she makes glitchy art, interactive multi-media installations, weird music, and websites and mobile apps for causes she cares about. She's also totally into interaction and experience design. Like it's weird how much she's into that. 


Yep Dog is a 7 year old Carolina Dog who is deerlike, smallish and deeply sensitive. She prefers the company of cats, gets visibly depressed when you play sad music and likes to spoon.

— Contact—

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