What TDOV Means to Us

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Ellis Chng, he/they
Growing up in the country, there were no queer or trans role models available to me. This, alongside being an ethnic minority in my hometown made it a very isolating experience. It is exciting that with the rise in more queer organisations, trans people are more and more able to share and find community, without being talked over or hushed.

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Ben, she/her or he/him
Representation is important to me because seeing other people like me out and proud created a safe space for me to be out.

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Bambi Sumulong, they/them
My queer community works daily and tirelessly to show ourselves and future generations that our identities will always be significant. I am nuanced, multifaceted, and transient in nature. Today and any other day, I am proud to be transgender.

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Emily, she/her
It's really important to me as a trans woman that trans visibility is always on our own terms. Too often trans women and transfeminine people are harmed by media that makes us visible as a spectacle, an object of fear, revulsion, or pity. Even well-intentioned visibility always comes with the risk of transphobic violence. We need agency over if, how, and when we are made visible, so that we can ensure our visibility does more good than harm

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Kochava Lilit, they/them
We need more stories by and about trans people. We need multifaceted trans characters in stories that are shaped by their gender and in stories that have nothing to do with being trans. Trans people should be represented in every genre

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Fay, they/them
Being able to see visible trans people from all over society is something I find empowering and validating. Seeing older trans people, or people in areas and industries i want to be a part of, or visible in media is super validating and feels like its fighting back against a lot of the messages out there with negative or shallow representation of trans people that’s historically and even currently really common.