My Name Was January

February 28, 2019

The Metro Vancouver Premiere of the multiple international award-winning local indie doc, My Name Was January, will be held at SFU Surrey.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Doors Open at 6 pm 
Screening and Panel Discussion of My Name Was January
Metro Vancouver Premiere
SFU Surrey
Westminster Savings Lecture Theatre - Room 2600
250-13450 102 Avenue
Surrey, BC
200 person capacity

Free. Reception to follow

This special event is sponsored by the SFU Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies as part of the Margaret Lowe Benston Lecture Series in Social Justice. Lara Campbell, Professor and Department Chair, states “that the movie embodies the deepest principles of social justice and that the department is honoured to support and honour the lives of trans women.” 

Tickets are free to the public via the following link:  

Confirmed panelists Include:

·         Alex Sangha – Producer and Cast Member

·         Elina Gress – Director

·         Lenee Son - Director

·         Velvet Steele – Cast Member

·        Natasha Adsit – Cast Member

The panel will be facilitated by Jennifer Marchbank who is a Professor in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department at SFU.


When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home in New Westminster, BC, a community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives. January had a beautiful soul, and now part of her soul rests in each and every one of us.

Panelist Bios

Elina Gress

Elina is a freelance multimedia journalist, primarily photojournalist, with a Bachelor’s of Journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. With a keen eye and mind full of creativity, she strives tell stories that can encourage change and enlighten those around us. Through the power of visual, and auditory documentary, Elina is devoted to telling people’s stories with utmost transparency, by simply allowing herself not to be the storyteller, but a source for those who have a story to tell. A story that can change a life.

Lenee Son

Lenée is a Khmer Krom settler who grew up in Surrey on unceded Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Kwikwetlem territories. She has a Bachelors of Journalism and minor in Sociology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her work as a freelance multimedia journalist has appeared in publications such as, Multimedia Photojournale, The Volcano, Westcoast Food, and Inside Vancouver. When she’s not working on multimedia projects, Lenee is committed to anti-poverty community organizing in Surrey and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.   

Alex Sangha

Alex is the Founder of Sher Vancouver.  He is active in the community and cultural affairs.  Alex has worked as a social worker, instructor, clinician, youth counsellor, and team leader.  He has an MSc in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University.  Alex is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for social work advocacy in the South Asian LGBTQ community.

Velvet Steele

Velvet is widely known for her appearance on the wildly popular documentary series KINK. As a woman, she defines herself as a woman with a trans medical history. She is an advocate for transsexual rights, an activist for transgender rights, and a sensitivity facilitator with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Department. She was a fetish service provider and educates folks on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the world of sex toys and adult therapeutical aids. She created the first Fetish Night in Vancouver which ran for 10 years. It’s her life as a fetishist and visual artist that led her to activism on sex, sexuality, and sexual health and healing.


Natasha Adsit

Natasha is a beautiful woman now in her forties. She is a north-west coast native who has grown up in the cities. She first started transitioning at 16 years of age. Being rejected by her family has meant she grew up on the streets. As an adult, she is finding herself and gaining a sense of peace and stability. Natasha is currently married and was most recently living in  Edmonton, Alberta.OFFICIAL TRAILER