All About Trans is the second phase of a project supported by the BBC and C4 designed to promote greater understanding between media professionals and transgender people. The latest stage of the project is focused on facilitating interactions between professionals across broadcast and print media – and sessions with organisations held during this phase include Channel 4 News, BBC, The Observer, The Independent, Closer Magazine, Press Association, LBC 97.3FM and the Press Complaints Commission.
Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News Presenter took part in an interaction and told us “It was useful in challenging perceptions, education, suggesting story ideas and what surprised me most was that there is no need to define trans people by their surgery or lack of surgery.”
Sean Hancock, Executive Commissioning Producer, BBC Entertainment took part in an interaction and said “I thought that it might have been a bit preachy and that there would be an agenda. This was not the case however…The stories about overcoming obstacles and the courage involved were very inspiring. The most useful part of the interaction was meeting people in a relaxed environment and just hearing their amazing stories.”
Read more about individual interactions and find what other people taking part have said at: http://www.allabouttrans.org.uk
Trans Comedy Award – One of the outcomes of the first phase of work with the trans community was an idea developed at Trans Camp, an event hosted by Channel 4 that brought trans people together with media professionals and innovators to develop ideas to combat the negative portrayal of trans people in the media. BBC Writersroom launched the scriptwriter’s award at the CDN awards in November 2012 to promote more original television featuring transgender experience in a positive way. Find out more about the winning ideas by clicking this link.