WRITERS, FILMMAKERS & NON-BINARY TRANS ACTIVISTS
Fox: We both identify as non-binary trans people. For me, that means rejecting what it means to be a man or a woman and using the pronoun ‘they’. I’ve had many lifetimes in one, having tried my best to live as female and then gone on a proper soul-search. The dysphoria I felt with my body manifested itself in self-harm and full-on panic attacks, which stopped after I started my transition. Being trans doesn’t go away because gender is a core part of an individual.
Being trans doesn’t go away, because gender is a core part of an individual.
Owl: I come from Iceland. I recently moved to England and now co-run My Genderation along with my partner Fox Fisher and we advocate for trans rights. It’s wonderful to be able to share not only a passion for human rights, but love for each other with someone who understands and accepts you just as you are. Because it isn’t something that most trans people have. Finding love and happiness can often be very difficult due to prejudice.
Fox: We created these films for Stonewall, and featured in them. I hope they help people understand that trans people are human beings too. The media often reports us as dangerous criminals who are assaulting some of the foundations of society. But we’re just human beings wanting to be ourselves.
We need allies to help us counter these falsehoods and this misguided hatred
Owl: The current negative media coverage of trans people gives me a sense of hopelessness. I feel sad that people would deliberately advocate against a group in society that poses no threat to other people. We need allies to help us counter these falsehoods and this misguided hatred, and that will only be done through conversation and reaching out to the people around you and the people in power. You can help. You can help make a stand.
Fox: For me, reforming the Gender Recognition Act would be one step closer to equality. Trans rights are human rights. In Ireland, they have recently reformed the GRA. It’s caused no big issue and has helped to give trans people the dignity they deserve.
If non-binary identities are recognised within the reformed GRA, it would mean that I exist in the eyes of the law.
Owl: If non-binary identities are recognised within the reformed GRA, it would mean that I exist in the eyes of the law. Currently, we’re a nobody. Our ID documents don’t reflect who we are, which seems like a massive contradiction to me.