TO celebrate Trans Awareness Week 2021, Australian charity Minus18 are launching a Creators Fund to support and elevate the voices of trans, gender diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) creators.
Minus18 CEO Micah Scott said, “Trans Awareness Week creates needed space to showcase the beauty and pride of our diverse community and empower our allies to take action.”
“Trans and gender diverse people often experience violence and harm for simply existing,” Micah said.
Despite progress in many communities and increased positive representation in the media, 96 per cent of trans and gender diverse young people still experience abuse due to their identity.
In turn, 90 per cent will experience depression compared to just 15 per cent of the general population.
Minus18 Marketing & eCommerce Coordinator, Reb Mery, said the Creators Fund initiative will give TGDNB youth the opportunity to work with different teams within Minus18 on creative projects and campaigns.
“Throughout the year, we need performers to take the stage at our youth events, designers and photographers for campaigns or projects and creatives to design assets for all the wonderful things that we do,” said Reb.
“It is so impactful to work alongside young creators and help foster the skills of working within a team and working to a brief and flexing those creative muscles.”
Minus18’s Creators Fund will help break down one of the hardest barriers for young creators; finding paid experience.
“When you’re starting out as a creative, you often find yourself working for free and this is our way of saying, you’re worth it and utilising our audience to say here are some amazing creators that are of the transgender, gender diverse and non-binary community.”
Minus18 are also hosting a special version of their LGBTQIA+ professional training sessions on Thursday, November 18.
The training sessions are usually available for large organisations and workplaces, but Minus18 have created a digital event open to the public in celebration of Trans Awareness Week.
“It’s like an intro to gender, sexuality and gender diversity, with really actionable tips around how to be an ally in your community, whether that’s the workplace, school, in your family or your general community,” said Reb.
“And there’s a really wonderful portion where our education team share their own personal narratives, which is so good.”
Presenter Seb Grech said the sessions help foster authentic trans and gender diverse inclusion.
“This training session is one of my favourites because we really get to build the participants’ knowledge base from the ground up whilst zooming in on support for trans and gender-diverse people,” said Seb.
“Personally, I love answering all those questions that have been niggling in the back of participants’ minds and busting myths around the experience of being trans.”
Minus18 is encouraging support and inclusion of the TGDNB community not just during Trans Awareness Week, but every day.
“Ridding the world of queer phobia and transphobia is a job for everybody, it’s not just a week long thing,” said Reb.
“And I think the best way to get around Trans Awareness Week is to use it as the springboard to start conversations year round to make lasting change.”
Jessica Roberts is a Masters of Journalism and International Relations student at Monash University. She is interested in advocating for women’s empowerment, amplifying the voices of marginalised communities and creating a society more inclusive and welcoming of minority groups. Jessica is passionate about writing stories that help make a difference.