Basil is the founder and director of Transilient. Transilient is a traveling photo and interview-based project. They 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.
Transilient's objective is to create a platform that is accessible to all people, in and out of the trans community.
Under Basil’s leadership has partnered with the It Gets Better Project, National Center for Transgender Equality, and PFLAG. The project has travelled over 35, 000 miles and interviews about 130 subjects.
In 2019, the project is creating a mini series called Climbing Every Mountain which focuses on the need for mental and medical health care access for trans and non binary folks but especially folks in the Appalachian region.