All About Trans receives support for a new UK-wide project
All About Trans, a project that encourages greater understanding between media professionals and the transgender community, has received support from PHF’s Social Justice programme and Channel 4 for a new UK-wide project.
The funding will enable All About Trans to begin its ‘Patchwork’ multi-media project and ‘youth-led interactions’ with local media across the UK. Over the next year the project will be working closely with trans community-led organisations and young volunteers (aged 18-30) on these strands of work.
Patchwork provides 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 community. All of 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. The contributors will be provided with professional video training and support. The stories will be hosted online and shared with key figures to inspire positive representation in the media.
The project will also begin to support youth-led interactions, where 100 young people across the UK will carry out their own interactions with local media professionals in spring 2014. The results of each interaction will be published online and shared, helping to build a movement of young people who are engaged with civic action that leads to positive outcomes for their community. Young people will be encouraged to set up their own website to publicise their work and build up local support.
All About Trans is supported by PHF, Channel 4, BBC and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It is delivered by On Road Media, a not-for-profit organisation that works with excluded and misrepresented communities to look for solutions to social problems using the web, technology and the media. All About Trans is the second phase of On Road’s work with the trans community, which began with Trans Media Action in October 2011.
On Road Media is also contracted by PHF’s Social Justice programme to deliver Digital Undoc, a project that aims to increase understanding of the potential to use social media and digital technology to help meet the advice and support needs of children and young people who do not have regular immigration status in the UK. This work is part of the Supported Options Initiative, a two year initiative that aims to improve the lives of young undocumented people.
The new All About Trans project will begin next month and people who would like to be involved and/or support the work are encouraged to come forward.