Trans 20:20s
Desperate Living C–19


Trans 20:20s, is an eight–part podcast series created by leading writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques, looking at life for young trans, non-binary and gender diverse people from across the UK and beyond, at the start of the 2020’s.

Juliet speaks to eight people in their twenties in 2020 about the tumultuous events of the past year including lockdown, recent changes in government legislation, and media representation in the UK. This unique record of the current moment looks ahead, with hope, at the decade to come.

Created in collaboration with Isaac, Seth, Jamie, Ren, Shay, Ari, Zach and Zelena, and recorded over video link, the eight episodes foreground these young people as the experts of their own experiences.
Topics discussed range from the ups and down of lockdown, the behaviour of the British media and the power of positive representation, to the importance of support groups and their hopes for improvements in trans and non–binary school education.

Trans 20:20s is commissioned as part of Desperate Living C–19 in partnership with leading trans–led charity Gendered Intelligence.

  1. Juliet Jacques (b. Redhill, 1981) is a writer and filmmaker. She has published two books, most recently Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015), which was runner-up in Polari LGBT Literary Salon’s First Book Award in 2016. Her next book, a volume of short stories about the history of British trans and non-binary people entitled Variations, will be published by Influx Press in June 2021. Her short fiction, essays, journalism and criticism have appeared in numerous publications including The Guardian, New York Times, Granta, London Review of Books, Sight & Sound, Art Review, Frieze, Wire, The Washington Post, Five Dials, The New Inquiry and elsewhere.
    Her short films have screened in galleries and at festivals worldwide; she also hosts the political arts podcast/radio programme Suite (212) and teaches at the Royal College of Art and elsewhere. She featured on the Independent on Sunday Pink List between 2011 and 2015, and spoke at the PEN International Congress in 2014.

  2. Gendered Intelligence is a charity that works to improve the lives of trans people and to increase understandings of gender diversity. We work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; and particularly specialise in supporting young trans people. Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.

  3. Illustration by Jamie Beard

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