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WATCH: 'We just want to live,' 10 trans youth say in moving short film

Coming together for Transgender Remembrance Day

WATCH: 'We just want to live,' 10 trans youth say in moving short film
Trans youth share their experiences in new video. | Photo: YouTube/Shape History

For Transgender Day of Remembrance, social change company Shape History let the trans youth of the future speak.

In a moving short film, simply titled Trans Youth, ten young British transgender people open up about their experiences.

‘On a daily basis, I probably get called more offensive words than anyone of my age should really expect,’ one person says at the beginning.

As they speak, they write the words they’ve been called, such as ‘sick’, ‘confused’, and ‘predator’.

Shape Film made the video with transgender activist, director, and actor Jake Graf. The video arrived on a timely day. The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes trans people who have been killed due to transphobia.

Validating experiences

‘It makes me feel hurt and invalidated,’ another activist says in the video, when asked how it feels being called a fad or trend.

‘As if my entire identity is something I’m going to grow out of eventually, rather who I actually am as a person.’

The producers then asked them about their hopes for the future. The answers were simple.

‘We just want to be allowed to live our lives the same as everyone else,’ one of them replied.

More trans people have been killed in the US so far this year than all of 2016.

Another one said: ‘We want to be safe, we want to be ourselves and not have to think really hard about going bowling.’

At the end of the video, they list words that really describe them: creative, loving, unique, emotional, valid. Just like everyone else.

Watch Trans Youth:


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