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.
We’re excited to host our annual Trans Pride Film Night on Friday the 19th of July 2019! Every year the tickets sell out, so be sure to grab them here before they do!
Here is the full line-up.
1. We will be starting off with a trailer about a film called Seahorse, that follows the journey of Freddy McConnel through child birth: “Sharing this experience is one of the hardest yet most rewarding things I’ve ever done, second only to the experience itself. ”
2. The second film is A Blossom Pink World. In this film the trans community in Guyana share their experiences, hopes and aspirations as they challenge the legal framework that has led to Trans people not accessing the health services that they are entitled to, and need.
3. Next off we follow Emma Frankland’s journey to meet with meet Bissu shamans in South Sulawesi in Indonesia, and explore gender diversity in another culture. Over several weeks they took part in their rituals and daily lives.
4. BLACKN3SS is a film about queer blackness: “Between melanin and far away planets, BLACKN3SS proposes a dive into the journey of the black youth of São Paulo city. A documentary on blackness, queerness and spacial aspirations of the diaspora’s children.”
5. Wildflowers and Weeds explores gender and sex in relation to plants, in a spoken word narrative film that highlights some modern issues faced by trans people.
6. To the sound of Ash Palmisciano’s poetry, transgender ballet dancer Sophie Rebecca elegantly moves through the frames of Joppe Rog’s film, in this honest and vulnerable portrait shaped through the combination of dance and spoken word.
7. Life at Home by Sierra Schepmann is a film that will truly hit home to many trans people: “Riley and Zoey are committed to each other, but Riley struggles to commit to making a life changing decision. A love letter to a partner deciding to transition.”
8. ‘Eyes’ is a short mixed-media animation about moving though the world as a non-binary person. It explores the tension between being looked at and being seen through a day in the life of Jig. A collaboration with the young people of the Indigo project, a queer youth group based in Hackney who built the other models in the bar and made the animation in the credits.
9. ÉG // I is an Icelandic film that focuses on a young trans person living in a small town travels to the city searching for the freedom to be themself.
10. And last but not least we have Watch Me Exist, which 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.
Where the film has already screened, (in the USA and Canada, for Wicked Queer Film Festival in Boston, Seattle Translations, Q City and Toronto Vanguard in Canada) it has kickstarted a lot of conversations.
I Am They - A Non-binary Love Story - YouTube
We hope you enjoy watching this labour of love. We recently had an opportunity to talk about the creation of this film, and what a learning process it was, at a recent Director and Producer panel for a BFI Weekender. It was great to meet a new generation of queer and trans film-makers.
Trans people continue to be at increased risk of HIV, which is why it’s important that information about PrEP reaches this community. Trans women are 49 times more likely to contract HIV than the general population.
When taken as prescribed, PrEP is almost 100% effective at preventing HIV. PrEP, alongside condoms, regular HIV testing and effective treatment (which means people living with HIV can’t pass the virus on) are key tools to end future HIV transmissions.
They said: ‘I’ve found PrEP a real lifeline. It’s definitely helped me feel more confident and more in control of the sex I’m having. It’s discrete, I can take it on my own – it’s not something you have to take with your sexual partner. It’s been a revelation for me.
‘A lot of people worry than when they start taking PrEP they become less responsible in other areas, but I’ve actually become much more clued up and because I’m having to go to the clinic to get new PrEP and get my bloods done anyway, I’m getting tested more regularly and I’m generally looking after my sexual health better.’
Sami, who shares her experience of transitioning and taking PrEP in the film, says: ‘It is something I can use to keep myself safe. PrEP arrived as I was transitioning and now I have a healthier sex life. When you are going through a process of transitioning, there’s a lot to future figure out. To have tools to keep us safe is a really positive thing.’
Trans People Taking PrEP also features insights from sexual health and gender identity medic, Dr Kate Nambiar, who describes PrEP as one of the reasons why new HIV diagnoses have fallen over the last two years.
She said: ‘Trans people are coming and asking about PrEP and that’s a fantastic thing. Trans people are just like everyone else in being at risk of HIV through having sex with other people, but for many it’s about being able to express themselves sexually without having to worry about HIV in the background.’
PrEP is currently available via the England wide PrEP Impact Trial that is running until late 2020, with places open for trans people to enrol. It is available via the NHS in Scotland and through an uncapped study in both Wales and Northern Ireland.
Fox from My Genderation says ‘PrEP is one of the best tools we have in our efforts to end new HIV transmissions in the UK and it’s therefore essential that everyone who could benefit from it knows about it and has access to it.
‘This film gives a unique insight into the journeys trans people have and how PrEP can play an important part in making people feel empowered and confident about their sex and sexual health.
‘Trans communities continue to be at increased risk of HIV, so I would recommend anyone who thinks PrEP might be for them to speak to their sexual health clinic and find out more.’
TransAND is a new mini series made by trans people, about trans people, for everyone. My Genderation co-creators and trans rights activists Fox Fisher and Owl visit some fantastic trans people in the UK.
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.
Trans AND: Charlie Martin | My Genderation - YouTube
Charlie: As with any minority, the best people to teach and share their experiences are the peopole themselves. Hopefully by creating our own content we can element damaging stigmas and assumptions the wider public hold. I think most people have probably never (knowingly) met anyone from the trans community, so the idea of ‘being’ trans can seem quite abstract, and therefore when we describe someone as trans, this element can become their defining characteristic in many peoples’ eyes. Of course we are all individuals, so focusing on this one thing is missing so much of what makes us tick – I know so many trans people and they are from all different walks of life with their own personalities and interests. Showing us as our whole selves is a natural thing to do, after all, we are just like anyone else on this planet.
Being trans, and going through transition, is a very unique life experience that few people can fully appreciate. It’s fair to say therefore, that content made by someone who fully understands what it feels like to be trans will be completely authentic and reflect the nuances of the real world situations that trans people face.
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.
Kuchenga: There are those who question the sanity and humanity of trans people. The failures of ‘respectability politics’ in the racial justice movement have taught me as a black trans woman that I have nothing to prove to anyone but how wonderfully unique I am. Content that focuses on other aspects of my identity is a celebration of my difference. It’s up to the audience to decide if there’s anything universal in what I offer the page, camera and screen.
Being filmed by trans people for the first time was the biggest act of dysphoria dissipation I’ve ever experienced. I felt seen, valued and respected. I did not need to fear that the shooting or editing process sought to gender me in a way I would not feel comfortable with. I also loved the way my skin looked. Smooth and rich. I loved that the shapes and contours of my body were captured in a way that pleased me. I felt comfortable during and after. I hope I get to experience that comfort again.
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.
Mridul: It’s important that trans people are shown as more than just trans, because we are more than our gender identity. We don’t focus on the cisness of other men and women in our society because they are more than that, and so are we. We have lives with friends, family, careers, ambitions, love, hope, sadness like everyone else in society, and focusing on all of that tells a better story about us rather than just one aspect of our persona.
Our society has consistently failed to do justice in telling stories about the lives of minorities no matter who they are. We have been subjected for a very long time to fit into the story telling narratives of those who hold power in our society, so either we are depicted as the complete other or we are shown as those who are working our way towards fitting into the accepted norms of the majority.
When trans people, create content about trans people, there is an honesty, subtlety and sensitivity in the narrative and also the content is more likely to focus on things that actually matter to us and should matter to wider society.
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.
Leo: I think that since around 2015 there has been a massive media boom on transgender issues. Unfortunately a lot of the media seem to sensationalise certain aspects, like the process of physical transitioning. It is vital that trans people use their own platforms to remind the would that they are more than their label.
As with any minority, the best people to teach and share experiences about trans issues are trans and non-binary people themselves. Hopefully by creating our own content we can eliminate damaging stigmas and assumptions the wider public hold.
Maki is #TransAND a game developer, self-taught engineer, q’ueer, 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 with their partner, Ren.
Maki: If we only ever made material about how cisgender people are not trans, the media industry would be over in a week. Being trans is somehow so often portrayed as this big thing that seems to drown out any other personal qualities. Being true to yourself is a wonderful thing, but our gender identities are but a fraction of who we are. Trans people are not commodities, and presenting us as such is nothing short of dehumanising.
Trans people are underrepresented in media currently, and misrepresentation can have wide-reaching consequences. I could give so many examples of how misrepresentation is bad, but above all else, it can be lethal. That’s why it’s so important that trans people are creating trans content, because they are the experts. An analogy I sometimes use about cis people making trans content is: Imagine of a buying a car manufactured by a company that previously only made baked beans!
Paige is #TransAND a teenager, make-up artist, sister, daughter, dog owner,
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.
Paige: Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves and who they are. I want to help people see that trans people are more than just trans, and that we actually have a lot to offer to the world. I think it’s important to focus on other parts of our lives to show that it’s no different to anyone else’s life – we’re just people like everyone else. I think it’s important that content created about trans people is created by trans people, as they can relate to what we are going through.
Poppy is a young transgender girl living in England who is loved and supported by her family, and as a result is really thriving. We hope that one day everyone can feel safe and happy in themselves, and are supported by the people around them.
Poppy, 11 Year Old Trans Girl | My Genderation - YouTube
We created this informative and up-to-date My Genderation resource, based on themes from focus groups and interviews involving thirteen participants of varying ages, gender identities and stages of transition from LGBT Youth, Scotland.
This film was made with the voices of five contributors, sharing their personal experiences accessing healthcare. It is a collaboration with NHS Scotland and the University of Glasgow and echos the issues and stories provided by young trans people who took part in the research project.
“The rise in transgender people entering care homes poses a new set of challenges for care providers, as trans people might have very specific needs that need addressing. Transphobia is still very much alive in the UK, and there are examples of serious neglect where trans people have not been cared for properly in care homes. We are proud to have created series of films through a project known as My Genderation in cooperation with the Trans Ageing and Care Project, and we recently launched a social media campaign called #GrowingOlderAsMe.”
Based at Swansea University in the Centre for Innovative Ageing, this project is dedicated to improving health and social care services for trans individuals over 50 years of age. The aim of the project is to learn more about the wellbeing, needs and interests of trans and gender diverse adults in later life.
Watch the films here:
Growing Older As Me: Cat Burton | My Genderation - YouTube
Growing Older As Me: Dave | My Genderation - YouTube
Annabelle: Growing Older As Me | My Genderation - YouTube
Growing Older As Me: Fran | My Genderation - YouTube
About the project:
Growing Older As Me: About The Trans Ageing & Care Project | My Genderation - YouTube
The project is proudly delivered in collaboration with Unique Transgender Network and the Older LGBT Network for Wales, Age Cymru.
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).