House Not Home


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Running Time 15:00

Behind The Scenes 10:00

This film was funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Resources for Black Trans Communities and Families 


House Not Home is a firsthand account of Terran, an African American gender fluid teenager navigating bullying, violence and rejection from their father and peers before finding their courage and voice to come out. Written by Skyler Edge, and directed by Joshua Butler.


Skyler Edge, wrote the story House Not Home in their sophomore year at Facing History New Tech High School in Cleveland, OH. Subtitled in Spanish and English for the hearing impaired.


  • 2014/15 National Contest Winner, Cleveland, OH
  • Airing on Showtime Networks beginning May 2015
  • Screened at Cleveland International Film Festival 2015
  • Screened at Long Beach QFilm Festival 2015
  • Screened at ITV Fest 2015
  • Screened at NewFest: The NYC LGBT Film Festival 2015
  • Screened at OutFest: West Hollywood Series 2015
  • Screened at OutFest: LGBT People of Color Film Fest 2016
  • Screened at YTH Conference 2016
  • Screened at InsideOut Toronto : LGBT Film Festival 2016
  • Screened at Louisville LGBT Film Festival 2016
  • Screened at North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Festival 2016
  • Screened at Barcelona International LGTIB Film Festival 2016


  • Writer Skyler Edge presented Award at Cleveland Trans Day of Remembrance November 2014
  • Writer Skyler Edge presented Award from Cleveland Mayor at Town Hall 2014
  • Directors Award for Short Film from The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians 2015
  • AASECT Audiovisual Award 2016
  • Winner of Best Transgender North American Short from North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Festival 2016


  • Healthy Teen Network, Baltimore 2015
  • National Sex Ed Conference, 2015
  • Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians, PA 2015
  • NY Collective of Radical Educators NYQUEER Conference, NYC 2015
  • Left Forum, 2015
  • Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers Retreat, PA 2016
  • True Colors Conference, CT 2016

The story behind the story

The story was born from Skyler’s own fears of coming out to his classmates as transgender after only a year of being out to family and friends. Skyler came up with the story of Terran, who is gender variant and does not conform to male nor female pronouns, in hopes of bringing more visibility to transgender issues.

“House Not Home” is dedicated to Leelah Alcorn, a fellow trans teen from Ohio who committed suicide in January because her parents would not allow or accept her transition. In her suicide note posted on Tumblr, she wrote: “Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something.” An extended version of this quote is showed at the start of “House Not Home.”

“I stand for a lot of the things Leelah said, the quote brings a sense of reality to the film. Just because ‘House, Not Home’ is a fiction story doesn’t mean that it’s not a real issue or a real thing that’s happening. I really hope that I’m doing what she would have wanted.” – Youth Writer Skyler Edge