Pride in Writing: An Evening With LGBTQ+ Authors

Recently Owl and I took part in an official Pride in London LGBT+ Panel Chat at Waterstone's Picadilly where we also did a book signing of the Trans Teen Survivial Guide. The Pride event was featuring 17 authors all published through Hachette.

Other panelists included Juno Roche, author of Queer Sex (which features myself and my partner Owl among other trans people), and CN Lester, author of Trans Like Me.

Hachette acquired diverse book publishers Jessica Kingley in 2018, which is how Juno Roche, Owl and I were asked to take part in the panel. This packed event was hosted by Stella Duffy.

TransAND Film Series

My Genderation is an ongoing film project which celebrates trans lives and trans experiences. In our brand new series, #TransAND, we visit with six amazing and diverse trans people living in the UK. Watch the entire series here.

Often society doesn’t see trans people beyond being trans, but this series will focus on what trans people are other than trans. They are trans AND… 

Charlie Martin is #TransAND racing driver, virgo, ambidextrous, cat owner, graphic designer, panssexual, travel lover, ninja warrior, explorer

Charlie Martin is a racing car driver that has just announced she will be training to compete at Le Mans 24 hour race. She is also known for making it to the finals in Ninja Warrior and is a public speaker on equality and diversity, and is Stonewall’s Sports Champion in motorsport. 

Kuchenga is #TransAND Writer, agitator, public speaker, daughter, sister, great friend.

Kuchenga is a prolific writer and public speaker, who writes on topics in response to pop culture and race. She writes articles for various platforms such as VICE and Vogue, and is currently working on her first full length novel, featuring a trans antagonist. 

Mridul is #TransAND a piscean, a mother, a wife, half-zuriasian, half-hindu, immigrant, runs a rape crisis centre, boss, feminist

Mridul is a feminist that has women’s aid movement for almost two decades, focusing on the rights of immigrant and migrant women. She is currently the manager of a rape crisis centre in Stirling, Scotland, and is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights.

Leo is #TransAND has cerebral palsy (CP), gay, diversity trainer, a model, dog lover and partner.

Leo is a diversity trainer that does trainings about disability and trans issues, as well as being a life model, and models at various universities, events and art festivals across the UK. He and his partner Alistair live together with their two dogs, Barkley and Tutti.

Maki is #TransAND a game developer, self-taught engineer, queer, composer, artist, mentor, night-owl

Maki is an all round self-confessed nerd, with a passion for coding and bringing old tech back to life as a way of being eco-friendly and not letting great tech end up in the skip. They are also a music composer and game developer. They currently live in Glasgow.

Paige is #TransAND a teenager, make-up artist, sister, daughter, dog owner, vlogger and fashionista. 

Paige struggled with her self-confidence after bullying in school for her weight and for being effeminate. After coming out at ag 12 as trans she has blossomed, and she has a real passion for helping people feel good about themselves regardless of their bodies, weight, sexuality or gender. She is visited by Charlie Craggs, owner of Nail Transphobia. 

Pride Is A Protest

To celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, I created this Pride Is a Protest design, which was used as part of an Everpress Pride collaboration to raise money for the Albert Kennedy Trust.

It's currently available for the next few weeks on Everpress, this time to raise funds for My Genderation, a non-profit company I co-founded, which makes trans related film content.

It was such a delight when I was asked if my illustration 'Pride Is A Protest’ would take over ad-space in NYC during #WorldPride, just by The Stonewall Inn.

I was invited to be part of a series of seven installations by LGBT+ artists whose work addresses LGBT+ topics to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the #StonewallRiots

Photo by Dusty Rebel of Pride Is A Protest illustration taking up AD space in NY

Being part of Art In Ad Places is unique because it provides a platform to 'sell' something much more real, to be able to reach people when they least expect it.

I chose to highlight that Pride Is A Protest because it's 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and in so many countries, people continue to be persecuted for their gender identity, expression, and their romantic preference.

A massive thanks to @queerstreetart @dustyrebel and @artinadplaces for giving a platform to queer / trans artists like myself.