Last week, EJ, Alice and I were filmed for The Symposium, chatting about Gender. This is the 1st of 4 films. Please share! Thanks :)
We have an important announcement in the next couple weeks involving Channel 4 and On Road Media / All About Trans. This will be revealed in a short video, as we review the past 12 months and share our 2014 plans. It’s going to be a busy and rewarding year! Thanks to everyone for all their support and love so far; it feels like the right time to be creating films about gender variance.
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Eurotrans* Fox & Lew :)
Lewis and I (and Oli Spleen) were filmed for Arte’s Yourope show, which you can view here, in either French or German.
New Genderation film featuring Tom & Hayley
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In the News section of The Source magazine, there’s a short ‘article’ about My Genderation and our selection in this year’s Pink 101. Thanks folks! Love the title ‘Pink Fox’
Yesterday, Alice and I chatted to the Latest crew, which are producing QTube (Freeview, Channel 8). The segment was very fast indeed and we didn’t have much time at all, however they are showing a short clip of her film, which you can see here in it’s entirety. I’m also being filmed for their other section, The Symposium, which involves four of us on a couch, drinking tea and putting the world to rights.
Tonight, we are off to Gfest, which is showing our Alice film and afterwards, we are all (Lewis, Alice and myself) taking part in a Q&A.
We also have had some great news about a really massive project which will take up a considerable chunk of 2014, and will involve making a batch of short films, which will be associated with some of the best support groups in the UK, and (fingers crossed) may have some MASSIVE distribution. We will reveal more soon!
Thanks to everyone for your endless support. We have been operating as My Genderation for just 11 months now and there has been so much momentum. We will have a proper celebration in December, and have a proper look back over the past year.
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Interaction with the Daily Mail
In September I had an interaction with Robin Esser who runs the Daily Mail Online and has clocked up over 50 years of working in the newspaper industry.
Words by the influential Paris Lees.
My Genderation & Thanks
My Genderation is an independent documentary film series exploring gender variance.
Together Lewis Hancox and I have been filming & editing each episode.
Photo of Fox by Alonglines
Photo of Lewis by Sophie Moore
We have self-funded all the films, with a little help from our donate page.
What makes My Genderation unique:
We are trans* people creating films about other trans* people, for a much wider audience.
We have experience as documentary subjects, on national television (My Transsexual Summer, Ch 4, 2011).
Overall ‘MTS’ had a very positive effect with raising awareness and started a dialogue with the nation about trans issues.
This gives us a very unique perspective (having been on both sides of the camera) allowing for mutual empathy and respect.
It’s hard to believe that this was merely an idea in December 2012.
Shortly after we put out our first call for contributors for the project, we were inundated with applicants and people getting in touch sharing their individual situations and gender expression.
We released our first My Genderation film, ‘Reuben’ in March 2013 and just seven months later (with 9 films released, 3 in edit, and 20+ to be created in 2014), we’re so grateful to have been acknowledged on the Pink List for our work.
It’s an absolute thrill seeing My Genderation enter more and more in the public consciousness.
I feel there is a long way to go with raising awareness of gender variance although perceptions about gender expression seem to be evolving. Our film project is an opportunity to educate a wide audience & engage with real subjects and help contribute to this shift in perception.
Every day, we are contacted by people around the world, varying in age, sexuality, race, gender expression. The people who put themselves forward for the My Genderation project share their most intimate, heart-warming and heart-wrenching stories with us. We are deeply honoured and humbled by this.
Naturally we have a duty-of-care to everyone involved, to portray all participants in the most accurate and accessible light. We work closely with each contributor to make sure it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Our films are already being shown in school assemblies, classes & support groups as an education tool.
A list of achievements for My Genderation:
Film festivals (2013):
Trans* Pride Brighton (curated by Eyes Wide Open)
Brighton Pride (curated by Eyes Wide Open)
Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival, South Bank
Transpose’s London Pride edition
Gfest, London (November 8th, includes a Q&A)
Transpose, Cinema Museum
Queer in Brighton, Gender & Sexuality Conference, University of Brighton
Pink List, 2013
We are proud to work with the following groups:
All About Trans / On Road Media (working closely with the media to challenge existing prejudices about trans* people in a friendly manner) We have been closely involved with all previous phases and are delighted to work with On Road Media for the third phase, which involves enabling young trans* people to record their own personal journeys.
Gendered Intelligence: Founded by Jay Stewart (Pink 100). GI offers outreach services to Trans* and Gender Questioning Youth in the form of film nights and workshops. We are also patrons of this group.
Mermaids: Available to trans-youth. Support for kids and parents in all things gender-related.
Allsorts Youth Project, Brighton. ‘Transformers’ & an under-16 group of Trans* youth (& for their families) as well as TAGformers.