Jackson Bird: How to talk (and listen) to transgender people
Jackson Bird - Digital storyteller, activist
TED Resident Jackson Bird is using digital storytelling to demystify the transgender experience. Full bio
through your head right now.
actually a man or actually a woman?"
that's a safe place to look."
No real man has hips like those."
to use the men's bathroom.
those hypothetical questions
my personal experiences being transgender,
wanting to tell an entire audience
with being trans, right?
wondering how we have sex
we're working with below the belt.
I was assigned at birth
when they're around me.
trans people wholeheartedly
what they think they should,
about coming out as transgender
wouldn't know what I meant.
impressions of you
of music and videos
single person I came out to.
for months afterwards,
don't ever stop coming out.
helping me with my taxes
which one of them should pat me down,
to everyone watching this.
with me being trans,
about physically transitioning,
like so many other people,
means just one thing:
of a man overnight,
one procedure in their lifetime, if that.
personally feel the need
is only beginning to cover them.
seeking physical transition
and some sparse whiskers on my neck
through a second puberty ...
are slower and steadier
can lead people to believe,
by their new name and pronouns.
in physical transition
becomes their true gender.
their new name and pronouns,
with other trans people.
Puff Daddy to P. Diddy,
when we've used the wrong gender pronoun
the same effort
people more awkward about trans people
for LGBT opponents.
of assaulting someone in a public bathroom
more scared of you than you are of us.
in trans communities
to start using and when,
that could lead to violence against us.
and frightened looks in the women's room,
to start going into the men's room.
not go to the bathroom at all.
had had a urinary tract infection
aren't protecting anyone.
are assaulted in bathrooms,
when we report it.
of these misconceptions.
of privilege mountain.
of trans knowledge
to more learning on your own.
and educate those around you
About the speaker:Jackson Bird - Digital storyteller, activist
TED Resident Jackson Bird is using digital storytelling to demystify the transgender experience.
Why you should listen
After publicly coming out as transgender in 2015, Jackson Bird has been committed to amplifying the voices of transgender people and breaking down the stigma attached to their experiences. He shares the stories of fellow transgender people on his podcast, Transmission, as well as on his ongoing YouTube series, "Queerstory."
Bird is also known for his work with the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a nonprofit that activates online fan communities towards social action. A 2017 TED Resident and 2016 YouTube NextUp Creator, Bird was also a 2015 LogoTV Social Trailblazer nominee and hailed by MTV as a "Social Media Warrior Who Helped Restore Our Faith in 2016."
Jackson is currently a Craig Newmark Organizer-In-Residence at Civic Hall and runs the monthly LGBTQIA+ Creators Group at YouTube Space NY. He currently lives in New York City.
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