My Genderation film project was set up to record the experiences and perspectives of gender variance. Their mission is to create engaging short films which accurately represents individual journeys with gender expression and self-identity.
For this year’s LGBT History month we are doing an event at Brighton University. The event is titled Social Media – Friend or Foe? and it centres around our experiences with being campaigners and how social media plays a vital part of that.
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.
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.
Find the event page here and book your tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-voices-social-media-friend-or-foe-tickets-55029494700
For LGBT+ History Month, we have curated a video loop of My Genderation films for libraries in the Manchester area. The films are on a continuous loop in 6 manchester neighbourhood libraries. There are two evening showings at Manchester Central Libraries as well as being on Northwest Film Archives film pods under the heading of Heroes. We were told by the head coordinator, ’We’d have had them being shown in all libraries if we had the tech to do so.’
We’ve shared quite a few video loops in the past, at Amsterdam Trans Screen (in the Central library), at BFI Flare (in the Atrium), various Pride festivals, at the Museum of Transology (London College of Fashion / Brighton & Hove Library) and The People’s Museum (Manchester).
Watch Me Exist follows three transgender friends’ experiences as they navigate some of the harsh realities of being trans in the UK, find their community, and dare to dream of a life without limitations. Featuring a talented cast and musical performances by trans and non-binary artists, this is a coming of age story of friendship and hope, love and loss, strength and pride.
Watch Me Exist was one of our main recent film projects, which we created thanks to the Google and ISD fund. We teamed up with Youth Cymru and Mess Up The Mess at the end of 2018 to create a film inspired by the play Humanequin, written by Kelly Jones. We are proud to have had an entirely trans (main) cast and crew, with my support members also trans, filming mostly in Wales (Cardiff and Swansea). This is the trailer for the film, which is around 16 minutes and covers themes of dysphoria and suicide, with a positive spin.
The track in the trailer is titled Trans Pride Rap and is by Shonalika.
If you’d like to watch our film now, checkout our Patreon. It will be released online later in 2019.
The film is a very simple conversation, but the stark contrast in the lived experiences of Josie and Poppy shows us how far we have come, and that we must continue to ensure a better quality of life for our younger generation. It is a powerful reminder that all trans people were children once, and if they would’ve had the opportunity to be themselves at a young age, it would’ve saved them decades of hardship, shame and distress.
We were asked by the BBC to document our trans rights campaigning for a new series. In this series we filmed ourselves in our every day lives for about a week. It gives you a little glimpse into what we do, but often we are so much busier than that and we happen to do so many different things.
If you haven’t got access to BBC iPlayer, then our episode of Generation Activism will be released on youtube on 15th November 2018.
We are immensely proud of our short film titled My Trans Body which we created as part of a social media campaign. The aim of the campaign is to celebrate what makes us trans, to make people feel better about themselves and their bodies, as trans people. Trans people are often made to feel such shame about their bodies and are held up to impossible standards based on normative ideas about bodies and expression — It is time that we acknowledge how far many of us have come, and that we celebrate all the things that makes our bodies trans.
Currently, the hashtag #MyTransBody is trending on twitter, and people from all over the world have been contributing to the conversation. The entire campaign was created on a budget of nothing and we are so proud of what we have achieved, particularly in this climate of fear-mongering in the media.
In early 2018, there was a call-out for work under the title Transitional States. We created a short film titled The Things That Make Us, which was accepted into a travelling exhibition which started in Lincoln (at the University), then to London, now Barcelona, Spain and soon Bologna, Italy.
The exhibition shows works from 14 artists that all deal with hormones in relation to age, sexual health, sex drive or through hormone therapy or a medical transition. My Genderation is proud to be a part of such a great exhibition and we encourage everyone to check out their website for more information: www.transitionalstates.com
Frank, friendly and funny, Trans Teen Survival Guide will leave transgender and non-binary teens informed, empowered and armed with all the tips, confidence and practical advice they need to navigate life as a trans teen.
Wondering how to come out to your family and friends, what it’s like to go through cross hormonal therapy or how to put on a packer? Trans youth activists Fox and Owl have stepped in to answer everything that trans teens and their families need to know.
With a focus on self-care, expression and being proud of your unique identity, the guide is packed full of invaluable advice from people who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Having been there, done that, Fox and Owl are able to honestly chart the course of life as a trans teen, from potentially life-saving advice on dealing with dysphoria or depression, to hilarious real-life awkward trans stories.
Fox: When we were growing up, there were no resources or information that we could find about being trans. We didn’t have anything that we could see at the school library or on TV, and if we had access to something like this it would have made us feel less alone and it would’ve helped us navigate a world that seemed quite alien to us. The name stems from a blog with the same name which was co-run by a dear friend of ours called Chrissi Bentley.
Unfortunately she took her own life earlier this year and her death has weighed heavily on us, and we dedicated the book to her. She helped so many people through the blog and will live on through all the people she know, the advice she gave and through the films we made with her.
Owl: We made the book so that no trans teen has to feel alone and so that they can seek support, and we cover a range of different issues that we think will be helpful for teens to know. Not only is it good for teens, but it is also good for anyone wanting to know more about trans issues and we hope that it will be of help and our dream is that it goes into as many school libraries as possible, so that trans teens can see themselves represented and feel affirmed in who they are.
Want to support My Genderation? Become a patron by donating anything from $1 up to $50 and get exclusive access to our films before they are released, mention in our credits and other great rewards! Our films are often created on a small or next to nothing budget and your donation would help us massively in creating films and being able to devote more time into creating awesome films. For more information, visit our patreon: www.patreon.com/mygenderation.