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Sean O'Donnell

 

'I felt alone. My family didn't understand what was happening. They reacted with fear - both my parents and my siblings struggled. They didn't feel able to process what I was or who I was.' 

 

Sean recently began campaigning with Fixers to end prejudice against transgender people. The 19-year-old, from Hawick, Scotland, said his family struggled to understand him when he came out as trans. He wants to see more resources for families so that they can support transgender children and young people.

 

 

 

Kay Browning

 

'I was once stripped off from the waist down and spat on in a public park. It’s not so much violence, it’s humiliation. Physically it’s not much to have your trousers taken down and be spat on. But psychologically and emotionally, it is very difficult to bear.' 

 

Kay is a 26-year-old transgender man from Devon who believes prejudice can only be erased by educating people.  Kay, who staged an event with Fixers in his home town Tiverton to promote his message, wants those questioning their gender identity to have confidence and to be accepted for who they are. 

 

Click here to read more about Kay's Fixers project.

Talulah Brown

 

‘When I told my mum I was transgender, I think she found it quite hard to deal with at first because I was rejecting the little boy she once knew. But I just didn’t want to live a lie anymore.’

 

Talulah was born a boy named Aaron, but began living as a woman in 2014. The 23-year-old, from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, has created a poster campaign with Fixers which she hopes will encourage others to be more understanding of transgender people and the issues they face.

 

Click here to read more about Talulah's Fixers project.

Jo-James Booth

 

‘Realising I was meant to be a man left me with mixed emotions. I was both happy and confused. It was easier when I was younger as there was a support network there. But now I’m older, there isn’t really anything in my local area.’

 

Jo-James is 26 and from Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale. He believes members of the LGBT community find it much more difficult to find support when living in a rural area. He has helped to create a website called Building Blocks aimed at linking LGBT people up.

 

Click here to read more about Jo-James' Fixers project. 

Cal Lunt

 

'I was diagnosed as being transgender in three hours. But after three years of living as a woman it still didn't feel 100 percent right. This year I went on a journey of self-discovery. I saw that I wanted to become a woman to escape.' 

 

Cal is 26 and comes from Liverpool. When he started campaigning with Fixers, he was living as a transgender woman, however he now identifies as male. He wants people to be themselves without living in fear. As part of his project, Cal is going into schools and colleges to demystify some of the issues around gender.

 

Click here to read more about Cal's Fixers project.

Alfie Austin 

 

'I was refused permission to use the male toilets, because the attendant thought I was female. Upon going to the female toilets, I was followed by a bouncer and dragged out of there too. It was so embarrassing.'

 

Alfie is a 23-year-old trans man from Salford. He made a music video with Fixers aimed at changing public attitudes to transgender people.

 

Click here to read more about Alfie's Fixers project.

Alex Jones 

 

'Someone shouldn’t feel that they would rather die than be who they truly are. It’s totally unacceptable. I made the change because I felt trapped and isolated. I want to show people how it feels to be transgender.'

 

Alex, from Newport, Wales, hopes to improve understanding of transgender issues. Having transitioned to a man, the 19-year-old feels much happier. He has made a poster with Fixers and hopes educating others about what it means to be transgender will break down the barriers that can prevent someone from coming out.

 

Click here to read more about Alex's Fixers project.

Miles Everitt

 

'I hope the day will come when people won’t even have to 'come out'; I’d like people to be accepted instantly for who they are, because people are people at the end of the day. We’re all human.'

 

Sixteen-year-old Miles from Wadebridge in Cornwall was born a girl but came out as transgender a couple of years ago. He explains that there was some negativity, because people weren't educated on LGBT issues. With Fixers he has designed a window sticker for shops and other public buildings to show they support LGBT people.

 

Click here to read more about Miles' Fixers project.

Emily Frood

 

'It's not easy being in education when you are looking for support and no one knows what you're talking about. But I had one teacher who was really clued up. He talked to other members of staff about homophobia and transphobia. He told them that they wouldn't ignore a racist comment, so they shouldn't ignore a transphobic or homophobic comment.'

 

Emily recently began campaigning with Fixers to improve the lives of transgender people. The 18-year-old, from Hawick, Scotland, would like all teachers to be educated about transgender issues.

Tabitha Tomkins

 

'Teachers should have training on how to help trans people. They should pass that knowledge on to students through PSHE; it should be a part of the curriculum. They should be familiar with the process of ‘coming out’ so that when one of their pupils comes to talk to them, they’re prepared.' 

 

Tabitha, 21, from Telford, Shropshire, has recently begun campaigning with Fixers on transgender issues.

  

 

Jayson McSwiggan

 

'I want to be a voice to help young trans people who don’t have the confidence to challenge things. In terms of healthcare, I'd like GPs to receive training in transgender issues so that they are better prepared to help us.'

 

Jayson, 21, from Glasgow, recently joined Fixers. He wants to help transgender young people who don't have the confidence to challenge things that aren't right.

 

Click here to see Jayson's Fixers project with Courtney Hendry.

 

Rebekka Howie

 

'Although I was born a girl, I sometimes live life as a boy. I just wake up and know which gender I want to be. It’s a feeling that’s hard to explain but comes under the term 'gender fluid', which is used to describe a person who identifies with both sexes.'

 

Rebekka, 17, from Paisley in Scotland is campaigning for people to 'be more tolerant of others' and to accept that we're all the same, no matter our gender or sexuality.

 

See more about Rebekka's Fixers project here.

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