Trans Fashion Show

It's a bit like waiting for a bus. You wait forever, and then two show up at once! Having never been part of a catwalk show, I am part of two amazing shows this season. The first was LIFE, at London's City Hall with 30+ other trans people, to raise money for CliniQ. It was an incredibly powerful event.

I walked twice at the event: the first time in JUST a pair of skimpy turquoise speedos! (there seems to be no photographic evidence of this, just yet) The 2nd time was in evening attire:

You can still donate for this amazing trans focused health and well-being centre in Soho.

The 2nd show is the London Queer Fashion Show, where I'll be walking for The Lucky Club. You can get discounted tickets using the code: FOXF20

See you there!

Kiss My Genders

Kiss My Genders is a long running gender themed exhibition featuring queer, trans and intersex artists including the talented Travis Alabanza, Planningtorock and Del LaGrace Volcano. It includes subject matter from all over the world and is on until 8th September 2019.

At the Kiss My Genders exhibit, you'll find some of my stickers, t-shirts and books. You can expect a whole range of trans curated subject matter and loads of take-home treats, like screen prints and trans books also written by trans people.

You can order my Trans Ally shirt, Respect My Pronouns shirt, Trans Is Beautiful sticker packs and both books, the Trans Teen Survival Guide and Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?, the kid's book hated by the Daily Mail and gifted to Piers Morgan live on Good Morning Britain, can be found at the Hayward Gallery gift shop, at the Southbank Centre.

Kiss My Genders is a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.

The exhibition has received multiple five-star reviews, including one from The Guardian praising that 'it touches, in profound ways, on what it is to be human'. Dubbed an 'enthralling exhibition with a crucial sense of activism' by the Evening Standard, Kiss My Genders is a 'trailblazing show' (The Telegraph) of 'dazzling works' (Metro). 

Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists from around the world who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.


Why There Is 81% Increase in Hate Crime

For those who were asking, here's my LIVE interview on BBC News about why there is an 81% increase in transphobic hate crime being reported.

No one should be persecuted based on their gender identity or gender expression. Hostility towards trans people is on the rise. It's not a surprise this is happening. From these numbers, it's clear that the UK has a serious problem with transphobia that urgently needs addressing.

This is partly facilitated through the media, which has been particularly hostile in the UK. Trans people are regularly framed as a danger or a threat to the wider population, similar to the climate around Section 28, where gay people were seen as a threat.

This has a knock on effect on public perceptions and increases the chance of violent action against trans people, particularly those who may be at the start of their transition, those who may not or may never have ‘passing privilege’ or are gender non conforming.

We should be creating a society where there is room for all of us regardless of our gender identity and expression.


Trans Teen Survival Guide

Our book was released in late 2018 and it's had a huge amount of interest and press including Refinery 29, Them, Pink News, Cosmopolitan, and Metro. We need your support because our book is now being attacked by transphobic bigots who rallied together on Mumsnet to write one star and two star reviews on our book, despite never having bought it. Please can you help by reporting these nasty reviews and perhaps consider writing your own? (This link benefits Mermaids charity if you decide to get it. Thank you so much!

 


Social Media, Friend or Foe? A talk by Fox & Owl

You can still book FREE tickets for our event for Brighton Voices: Social Media, Friend or Foe?

A multimedia presentation given by Fox and Owl Fisher followed by Q&A session

Social media is an undeniable force in today's world. With a large part of the global population connected on social media in various forms, experiences and stories can be shared in seconds – the online world is a commanding and influential communication channel for business and personal messaging. However, the impact of social media does not stop online. While online traffic may initially create a buzz around a person, product, or topic, the power of it will generate word of mouth advocacy and hype offline. But so often, social media brings out the very worst in people and gives hatred a platform.

Join Fox and Owl Fisher, award-winning filmmakers, writers and non-binary trans activists, to hear about their experiences both on- and offline. Fox graduated from the University of Brighton with an MA in Sequential Design & Illustration in 2005, and in 2017 they received an honorary doctorate from the university for their work in raising the awareness of trans issues and promoting arts in the media.

Brighton Voices is a series of special events showcasing the achievements and knowledge of our outstanding alumni and friends.

This event has been especially organised in collaboration with Brighton Students' Union and the UoB LGBT+ Staff Network as part of LGBT History Month.

Attendees are asked to consider making a donation (suggested amount £3) – these funds will be split between My Genderation and also LGBT+ network activities at the University of Brighton.


Trans People and Their Junk

We'd love for all trans people following us to take a part in a short survey that we just put out there. It's a survey about what trans people call their genitals and how they refer to them. Obviously a lot of trans people are uncomfortable with the conventional terms as their genitals sometimes do not feel right and might cause dysphoria. The reason we are collecting this is because we are finalising our book, The Trans Teen Survival Guide, and we were curious as to what words people were using. So please take a look and leave your responses for us!


My Genderation: Awards and Laurels


2017 was a really good year for My Genderation and the films we make about trans people. Our films have been accepted into a lot of amazing film festivals throughout the year and we are so happy and delighted that our films make it into film festivals and are shown around the world. This is exactly what My Genderation was created for - to be a positive voice and representation of trans people worldwide.

We also recently finished our first feature documentary about being non binary, titled I AM THEY. It covers our personal stories as a non binary couple, as well as us exploring a few different themes and challenges non binary people face in the UK and beyond. We have entered it into film festivals and we are really excited to see what happens and hopefully it will get accepted! You can watch the trailer below.


Trans Activism: Awards for 2017

At the end of the year, we were put on two different lists as influential trans activists. One was by the Metro which listed us on the Trans Power List of 2017-2018. The other one was the Indy100 which listed us as one of the 9 LGBT+ people who defined and defied in 2017. Neither of these outlets are LGBT specific media platforms, so it's good to see people being represented and acknowledged on such platforms.

Obviously it is a great honour to be listed on lists like this, but there is also the flip side of it. There are so many amazing people out there do not get recognised for their achievements and there are so many people working behind the scenes in various places who aren't recognised for what they do. It also has the potential to go to people's head and it is a lot about ego and popularity and who has a platform to be seen in the mainstream media.

It is good to be recognised for the work that you do and we have worked very hard on our projects and we are glad they are making an impact. Our friend and fellow activist Christine Burns actually wrote a post about this which has some interesting points.


Responses to Caitlyn Jenner interview with Piers Morgan

A recent interview where Piers Morgan interviewed Caitlyn Jenner sparked a lot of controversy. Piers Morgan insistingly asked Caitlyn about her genitals and invaded her privacy. He has yet again shown that he has little respect for trans people's privacy and doesn't really care about seeming professional or respectful in his job. We were asked for our reactions for an article for the Independent, which you can read here.

Another journalist also contacted us and wanted to do another article about what questions aren't appropriate to ask - even though you would think that by this time these were all a given, they serve as a reminder that there is still a long way to go. You can read it here.


Transgender in the Workplace

We got approached by the National LGBT Police Network to make a film for them that would over trans issues in the workplace. Given the history between the trans community and the police force, we realised that it was a sensitive matter. After giving it much consideration we came to the conclusion that this film would ultimately foster understanding about trans issues within the police and workplaces in general and have a positive effect and hopefully build some bridges.

This was an opportunity to work from within and hopefully create change. We are proud to boast that the film was entirely made by trans people, about trans people, for a wider audience, as are all films created by My Genderation. This was an essential part in the making of the film, as trans people had their authentic voices heard and spoke about issues related to the workplace. We think the film will be useful for all workplaces and will be a valuable resource. It will start a conversation about trans issues in the workplace, and is a good tool in raising awareness and can help workplaces make their institution inclusive.

We were lucky enough to be have access to interesting and out trans people that we respect immensely, including helicoptor pilot Ayla Holdom and RAF dog trainer Chrissie Bentley.  We gathered a great group together and our contact Laura Millward at the National LGBT Police Network was wonderful to work with and we made some great connections through the whole making of the film.

We also made a short video about how to search trans people respectfully.