The group that we formed together decided to create a documentary on the issue of gender, we decided to interview a gender fluid male named Luke. Luke believes that gender is not as simple or binary as we have been thought, and believes most people don't go neatly into that system - it doesn't suit everyone. But if he had to choose a label, he would class himself as "gender fluid”. He is happy with the body he was born with, yet feels more comfortable living the female role, making it quite difficult to come to a decision of whether to be classed as male or female. This documentary shines a light on how Luke lives his life and how he fits into society, what problems he encounters and how he deals with everything.
We had decided to document the life of the gender fluid male in Dublin, as the topic of transgender is extremely relevant today. With organisations like Transgender Equality Network Ireland(TENI) who work to support the Transgender community but also informs the public of what it means to be Transgender or part of the Trans* community.
I really enjoyed the making of this documentary as it really broadened my own knowledge of the transgender community and highlighted the crimes and discrimination's that are so often faced but not addressed.
I really am hoping that the rights for the LGBTQ community will be addressed, such as gender neutral bathrooms. Drian Juarez, a Transgender activist and Trans woman from West Hollywood has addressed the issue of needing gender neutral bathrooms, West Hollywood has become the first city in the state of California to mandate gender neutral bathrooms and has state that West Hoyllhood is the LGBTQ community's safe space. This information makes me hope that so many more countries will catch on and reinforce and more equal and safe community.
Ireland's current first step in equality is the Yes to Equality campaign for same sex marriage, now we must wait for the gender recognition bill to passed and addressed also.
People like Luke are one of a kind and truly inspiring people, they deserve to be able to express themselves whichever way they choose.He is a bright spark and deserves to ignite whichever he chooses.
COME ON IRELAND.