This week our team has been participating in Transgender Awareness Week, putting time aside to talk about trans issues, and share/digest resources to better educate ourselves around the trans experience.
Here are a few of the things we’ve been getting stuck into:
- The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye, a landmark work that signals the beginning of a new, healthier conversation about trans life
- Disclosure, a documentary chronicling over 100 years of trans representation on screen
- Out with Suzi Ruffell, a podcast all about the inspiring lives of LGBTQIA+ people
- Connected Sounds, Come Play With Me’s podcast series of informal conversations with queer musicians, delving into the intersectionality of queer identity
- Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, described by The Guardian as the “first great trans realist novel”
- A. G. Cook’s tribute to his late friend and collaborator SOPHIE, the acclaimed avant-pop producer who died earlier this year at age 34
- Identity: A Trans Coming Out Story, a video by Abigail Thorn, the popular British YouTuber and actress best known for her Philosophy Tube channel
Since the launch of our gender equality programme Both Sides Now back in 2017, we’ve been on an eye-opening learning journey around gender, specifically the impact of the language we use. Very early on we recognised the gender imbalance in the music industry extends way beyond cis-women, and wanted BSN to be inclusive, welcoming participants who identify as trans or non-binary. Over the years we’ve had some great conversations with the trans, non-binary and wider LGBTQIA+ community, and made some small, but important, changes to the way we communicate. This includes being clear around opportunities being open to women and marginalised genders, and asking about pronouns on application forms. One of our main takeaways from this experience is the importance of listening, of asking questions and of being open to change and evolve. The Brighter Sound door (well, inbox!) is always open.
For more information about Transgender Awareness Week you can visit the GLAAD website.