We were honoured to host a discussion with two of the leading men from Krow’s TRANSformation: Krow Kian and Kas Baker, as well as filmmaker Gina Hole Lazarowich and Lucas Wilson (Care Team Coordinator at Trans Care BC).
Moderator Natalie McKay guided the conversation and provided her perspective on how the documentary resonated with her.
Click below to watch the Q&A!
Here are the bios for each of our panelists:
Krow Kian has broken many boundaries as a transgender male model. Walking for the likes of Louis Vuitton (six times, first male model to do their women’s line, and closing one of their shows), Valentino, Balmain, Alexander McQueen and many more. He has done various campaigns, from three times for Louis Vuitton to Holt Renfrew, as well as being the first transgender male to be on the covers of L’Uomo Vogue (in its 50 year history) and GQ Magazine. Other covers include Dazed, Vogue Ukraine and Korea, just to name a few. He is also the first transgender man to work his way up in the world ranking of 50 top male models (models.com).
Krow uses this platform to bring awareness about the LGBTQ2+ community and specifically transgender men through multiple interviews, both in magazines and TV worldwide.
Kas Baker, alongside his wife, Emily Seal, form Winter Youth, a beautifully haunting Vancouver-based indie band.
Kas shares his story and experiences of his transition in Krow’s TRANSformation. Winter Youth wrote and performed a number of songs exclusively for the documentary. Their music pulls from the shackles of depression and anxiety with the intention of making others feel less isolated in their struggles. Their debut full length album, Home, was released in 2019 and is available on all streaming platforms.
Director and Producer, Gina Hole Lazarowich has worked in the entertainment industry since the 1980s. Gina is proud to have her directorial debut with Krow’s TRANSformation as a first-time female filmmaker at the age of 52.
Gina and her brave subjects made this film over four years with the hope of helping transgender and questioning kids, adults and their families.
Lucas Wilson is the Care Team Coordinator at Trans Care BC, a program of the Provincial Health Authority. Lucas has worked in numerous roles directly supporting trans and gender diverse people of all ages, particularly in the context of gender affirming healthcare access. In his current role, he coordinates a health navigation team who support trans and gender diverse people of all ages as well as their care providers, family members and community supports in connecting to care and resources.
Natalie McKay has been volunteering with Qmunity since 2018. With the help of her wife, she started a group aimed at helping people transitioning in relationships. She now assists with the TransGathering support network helping trans people and their families through the challenges of transition. In her daily life, Natalie works as an accountant for a constitutional law firm and bakes a fantastic cheesecake.
Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation aroundF the issues that affect us locally.