Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination

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At 92, Robina Asti, a WWII veteran and pilot, tells her story of living as a transgender woman since 1976 and her fight to be treated like any other widow.

Flying Solo was released in January 2014. Lambda Legal represented Robina Asti after she was denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA) following her husband’s death because it was determined that she was “legally male” at the time of their marriage despite all the legal documents to the contrary. She finally received her benefits on Valentine's Day after Lambda Legal filed an appeal and advocated on her behalf. In April 2014, after months of advocacy, the SSA updated its policies and procedures regarding the ability of transgender individuals to receive benefits through their spouses.

Awards and Recognition

2014 Outfest Grand Jury Award for Documentary Short
Vimeo Staff Pick
WNET Short Film Contest Winner

Upcoming Screenings

No upcoming screenings at this time

Past Screenings

Out Web Fest
Puerto Rico Queer Film Festival
Out at the Movies Winston-Salem
Female Short Filmmaker Showcase at the Yale Film Colloquium
Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
ReelQ: Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Copenhagan MIX LGBT Film Festival - Denmark
TransReelization - Chicago, IL
Frameline39: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
TLVFest: The Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival - Isreal
Queers in Shorts Film Series - Cambridge, England
Amnesty Film Festival - Stockholm, Sweden
Athena Film Festival - New York, NY
Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Melbourne, Australia
For Rainbow: Festival de Cinema e Cultura da Diversidade Sexual - Brazil
MEZIPATRA Queer Film Festival - Czech Republic
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Maysles Documentary Center
Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
Outfest: The Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
Newfest: The NYC LGBT Film Festival
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival
Gender Odyssey Conference
Creating Change 

Media Coverage

People Magazine
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Thank you to Wolfe Video for featuring Flying Solo on DVD!

Flying Solo is available for screening. Please contact Communications & Multimedia Strategist Leslie Von Pless for more information: 212-809-8585 ext 206; lvonpless@lambdalegal.org.