All About Trans over the next 12 months
We are delighted to announce we have received support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Channel 4 to begin our “Patchwork” multi-media project and the “Youth-led interactions” with local media across the UK. Over the next year we will be working closely with trans* community led organisations and young volunteers (aged 18 – 30) on the following strands of work:
1. Patchwork: A collection of multi-media stories from trans* people across the country to show the diversity and variety of stories to be told with and about the trans* community. All these stories will be produced in creative ways by trans* contributors, with the option to remain anonymous, and will be mapped on a visual representation of the UK. Exact locations will not be mapped for people’s safety. The contributors will be provided with professional video training and support. The stories will be hosted online and shared with key figures in the media to inspire positive representation in the media.
2. Youth-led interactions: We will support 100 young people across the UK to carry out their own interactions with local media professionals (e.g. radio/television presenters, journalists, bloggers) in Spring 2014. The results of each interaction will be published online and shared through our existing networks of trans* organisations and key figures in the media, helping to build a movement of young people who are engaged with civic action that leads to positive outcomes for their community. With our support, young people will be encouraged to set up their own simple website to publicise their work in their area and build up local support from other young trans* people, family and friends around the work they are doing.
We’ll be kicking the project off in the next month and if you would like to be involved and / or support the work, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be sharing more information on the project in the next few weeks.
We’ll also be posting the results of the last wave of interactions next week with a frank look at what has worked, what we need to do better and what we’re aiming to do going forward. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions.