This week on Let’s Go Further Joe Mcloughlin talks with Jake and Hannah Graf about the importance for guidance on supporting transgender learners to come from a place of inclusion and not politics. They also discuss the need for more transgender voices and why it is crucial that young learners are supported by their families and schools.
Jake Graf is an international multi-award winning director, writer and actor best known for his roles in ’The Danish Girl’ and ‘Colette’, and for viral hit ‘Headspace’. He uses film making to further representation for stories often untold, and promote acceptance and further education.
Hannah Graf (MBE) began her career in the army having served in Afghanistan, Kenya and Canada. After coming out in 2014 she became the Army’s Transgender Representative to advocate for trans service people, and advise senior army officials on how best to support transgender army members.
Together the pair speak internationally on trans issues, conducting frequent media interviews to further public education. Jake and Hannah are also patrons of many LGBTQIA charities, most notably Mermaids which supports transgender young people and their families. Joe, Jake and Hannah first discuss the importance of family and societal support in shaping the experience and overall happiness of a trans young person. Jake and Hannah share their personal experiences growing up in 1980’s Britain and coming out as trans in adulthood. Hannah goes into detail about her experience coming out in the Army and the support she received in that process.
Joe then asks the pair for their view on the media discourse surrounding trans people and trans rights. Both Jake and Hannah criticise the media for their sensationalising and fear mongering of trans issues. Echoing themes from Dougie Boyd’s episode, Jake and Hannah emphasise the need to tone down the rhetoric surrounding trans issues in the press, which, they say, too often adopts an antagonistic approach. The three discuss just how often trans people are spoken about rather than to, and stress the need for greater inclusion of trans voices in media discourse.
Tune into episode 3 of Let’s Go Further for a topical and insightful conversation on familial support for transgender teens and changing the media discourse around trans people.
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