Contributors to this article:
Emily Bourne, Sydneyblu, Amelia Foy, Tomasz Jasinski and Tanja.
Transgender Awareness Week is a time for transgender people and allies to bring attention to transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people and educating people about why trans awareness is important. Here we have illustrated and written about some trans activists that we love.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: LINE DRAWING OF MUNROE IN PEN BY AMELIA FOY.]
Munroe is a model, social activist and an LGBT+ Editor at @dazedbeauty.
She ‘believe(s) passionately in inclusivity for all, no matter your race, ability, religious beliefs, sexuality or gender identity.’
She is mixed-race and transgender: ‘I was assigned male at birth, but never felt comfortable with that label. Adolescence was confusing for me and at 24, finally, I began identifying outwardly as female. This was an incredibly freeing time for me and the start of my transitional journey - one that I accept will never fully conclude itself.’
At Risen, we love Munroe for her caring nature towards others and her powerful activism. She’s pretty damn cool.To find out more about Munroe, head over to her website.
Jamie Windlust aka leopardprintelephant
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A DRAWING BY EMILY BOURNE OF JAMIE WINDLUST POSING FOR A PHOTO, DRAMATICALLY.]
Jamie is, other than an absolute fashion icon, a writer, LGBTQ activist and public speaker. They are the editor of Fruitcake Magazine,an Award Winning LGBTQIA+ Magazine focusing on queer excellence. They have inspired and educated their 15.6k followers on instagram with beautiful posts such as this one about change, taking your time and Trans Awareness Week.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A DRAWING IN PEN OF CHELLAMAN HOLDING A FLOWER AND LOOKING ANGELIC BY EMILY BOURNE.]
Chellaman is a 19 year old deaf, queer, genderqueer, Chinese/Jewish artist. As well as making art and being an all-round badass, he also makes Youtube videos on learning sign language, what it’s like to be one year on testosterone, vlogs, Q&As and other cute videos of him and his partner, MaryV.
When asked in an interview ‘what is something you wish readers knew about being genderqueer/non-conforming’, he answered ‘I simply hope people are empathetic enough to understand not everyone FITS into the binaries of boy and girl. Gender is a spectrum as most things are in life. Humans are diverse, so it should be no surprise that not everyone can fit into two boxes. For example, when people ask if you are a “boy or girl,” I just say “or.”’
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: DRAWINGS OF MILES MCKENNA OVER A TWO PAGE SPREAD BY TANJA.]
Miles McKenna is a non-binary actor and social media icon known for his comedic voice and LGBTQ+ advice and activism. Miles can be seen on the Hulu comedy series "Grad Night" and Season 2 of Verizon Go90's "Now We Are Talking." he is also known for his popular channel MilesChronicles. He’s pretty rad.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A DRAWING IN CHARCOAL OF CHARLIE CRAGGS BY TOMASZ JASINSKI.]
Charlie Craggs is a 23-year-old trans activist from London, founder of Nail Transphobia and recently made it onto the Independent’s Rainbow list, coming 40th in their list of the 101 most influential LGBTI people in the UK. She also published her book called To My Trans Sisters in 2017. Her Instagram posts inspire us all constantly.
Wednesday aka hellomynameiswednesday
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A DRAWING IN COLOURED PENCILS OF WEDNESDAY BY EMILY BOURNE.]
Wednesday is a non binary queer activist artist babe from the UK. You can find their products here - they are constantly doing different campaigns where they sell cute t-shirts so keep your eyes peeled!
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A DRAWING IN RED OF LAVERNE COX BY SYDNEYBLU.]
Laverne Cox is an American actress and an LGBTQ+ advocate. She is most well-known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Before entering the realm of TV, Cox did ballet, Broadway and Drag shows. She started gender transitioning shortly after her college years. As a prominent advocate she has won awards such as a Woman of the Year and was first on the World Pride Power List and has also been featured on the cover of a TIME magazine. You can find her website here.
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A DRAWING IN BLACK OF JUNO DAWSON BY SYDNEYBLU.]
Juno Dawson is a prominent UK young-adult writer who has published books such as Hollow Pike and Say Her Name. After her first few young adult books she wrote This Book is Gay, concerning LGBTQ+ issues and experiences, before coming out as transgender herself a year later. Most recently she has published The Gender Games, her first book geared toward adults. She has received a Queen of Teen award, a prestigious honor to those who choose to write for youth. She also writes for many publications like The Guardian. You can find her website here.
Other trans people we think you should support are:
Stef Sanjati, Alok, Kat Blaque, Alek Duncan, Adam Benedict, Travis Alabanza, Paris Lees, Aaron Philip and Shon Faye.
Here’s a quick, handy guide to being conscious about the language you’re using in relation to gender.
- Instead of saying ‘men and women’ or ‘ladies and gentlemen’: say ‘everyone’.
- instead of referring to someone as a boy/girl: ‘that person’
- Instead of referring to someone as ‘him’ or ‘her’ based off what they look like: use ‘them’.
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