Fox Fisher: 12 Month Update

28th September 2015

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The Independent announced this year’s call out for the Rainbow List. If I’ve helped you in any way, please consider emailing rainbowlist@independent.co.uk to let them know why I should be on the list.

Here’s a round up of the past 12 months:

My Genderation: Our ongoing documentary film project continues to thrive. Our films have been shown at festivals (BFI Flare, Amsterdam, Melbourne), schools, support groups and bedrooms all over the world.

Our film Grrl Alex was picked up by the press. As was our film about Captain Hannah. And Ayla Holdom.

Also, 10 months ago, we opened up our Youtube to have some amazing vloggers.

Here’s a playlist of our released films, to date.

Our films have also been shared on NHS Choices. We also made a batch of films for GIRES as a resource for the NHS.

We made a DVD for educational practitioners (so they can support teens in 6th form colleges) called TransEqual.

Our film Tayler (who is now 16) aired on BBC this year.

This week we released 8 short films via C4′s 4All as part of the Trans season titled ‘Am I Normal’.  This is part of the 25 short films we made from support from All About Trans (who I’m also a proud Patron for).

This year, the LGBT Switchboard had a re-brand and also asked me to be a patron too. We made a film with Calum McSwiggan and were also part of another video about LGBT heroes.

This summer marked the 3rd Trans Pride Brighton, which I’ve been on the core team for every year, doing the design, making the merchandise and putting on the film-night. The big cinema was completely full and we had a world premiere of our new diverse comedy pilot Heartichoke, which Lew and I wrote, filmed, directed, edited and acted in!

I created a photography project, featuring 20+ trans people, which myself and Alonglines photographed and projected the images onto Brighton town hall during Saturday night of Trans Pride. This event is so important to so many and I’m proud to help make it happen, even if it is completely exhausting!!

This year also marked the release of my first ever kid’s book called ‘Are you a boy or are you a girl’. It features our character Tiny, who doesn’t reveal if they are a girl or a boy. This is a great introduction to talking about gender and has already had some glowing reviews as well as being used in schools and adored by kids of all ages (this book is aimed towards 5-7 year olds). Here’s a link to press about us in the Independent. 

I’ve also been going to Mermaids secret retreats to show films, to chat with parents and trans youth. We have filmed there a few times (footage yet to be released).

In the summer, I was also involved with Purple Reign, which is a fantastic LGBT ongoing film project, this year focusing on trans awareness. I was also invited to be on a Purple Reign panel to chat at CMS in London.

You may also remember that the BBC Free Speech video, which has clocked up 4.3 million views.

Here’s my TEDx talk, which I did in front of 600+ people, as well as a live feed. 

I also helped to set up an acting course for all trans people interested in screen or stage, called Trans Acting. It was a seed of an idea that Catherine McNamara  helped to make a reality, pulling in the best teaching talent, famous guest visitors and hosting everything at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. We also brought a sample class to Scotland’s Queer International Film Festival, where they showed a short film I edited about our course. Here’s some press about the course, in the Observer paper and Guardian online. I’m so excited to have helped set this up and look forward to the final session.

And right now, I’ve been given the role of casting director, consult and ‘behind the scenes’ film-maker for the Will Young music video. Final auditions are complete and the lead role has gone to a transguy, making them the first trans masculine person to be the star of a mainstream music video.

What a busy year and somehow this list only scratches the surface. Every day I am told incredible stories by people who are reaching out and tell me about their own journeys, and humbling to hear how my vlogging or activism has enhanced theirs. These truly are exciting times for trans awareness, with people knowing who they are as an earlier and earlier age.

So if you’d like to nominate me, please email: rainbowlist@independent.co.uk and let them know why I should be on the list. Thank you in advance!