The charity Pink Saltire recently released three short films to raise the general understanding of gender identity issues, as well as encouraging the fight against homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying. We briefly reviewed the shorts, and encourages its readers to take the time to watch and share them.
As part of a trilogy of short films by Pink Saltire, filmmaker Stuart Edwards brings us Queer Kingdom, an enlightening view of the experiences of LGBT+ people in Scotland’s rural communities. The film highlights Scotland’s progressive approach to LGBT+ equality and shows footage of the Glasgow Pride Festival which in 2016 attracted a crowd of around 3000. Yet, big city developments are not always mirrored in rural regions. The film invites members of the community to share their experiences, including Stuart Duffy, the founder of Pink Saltire, who recounts the taboo nature with which sexuality had been treated in Fife. A variety of people contribute their backgrounds to the tableau of stories, each expressing the isolation and fear that comes with being LGBT+ in a rural community and the desire for a safe space to meet like-minded people. The development worker for LGBT Health describes a new project for LGBT+ people which contributes to what one interviewee describes as “a bud of a flower that will grow into something” when it comes to LGBT+ issues in Fife. Beautifully shot, Queer Kingdom opens the viewer’s eyes to the need for more support and for an environment that allows individuals to feel safe and comfortable simply being themselves.
Time for Inclusive Education?
The feelings of isolation, fear and the need for support networks and safe spaces aren’t just issues in rural areas, quite the opposite. As Time for Inclusive Education, another short film by Pink Saltire shows us, they are the everyday reality of a lot of teenagers in schools all throughout Scotland. The film opens with statistics about LGBT+ youth and the lack of proper education in schools. Although the overly dramatic background music doesn’t quite match the serious content, the film brings its message across really well. By combining personal accounts of LGBT+-folk, campaigners and teachers who’ve set up an LGBT+ group at their high school, the big gap in our education system and the effects of this become painfully clear. As someone said at Pride Glasgow 2016: “The children of tomorrow must grow up without the prejudices of today.” The TIE-campaign is an essential asset in reaching that incredibly important goal.
Link to film here
Scottish, Trans and Proud
“I am the person I’ve always wanted to be. And I am fantastic.”
Made by Kate Adair of BBC’s The Social, Scottish, Trans & Proud shows us the stories of three trans people: Sam, Oceana and Racheal. Their experiences span different generations and trans/non-binary identities.
The film highlights the problems people still face when trying to access gender clinics and NHS support during transitioning. It ends with re-enforcing the Scottish Transgender Alliance’s aims, including that people receive access to gender identity clinics within an 18 week time for treatment guarantee.
Scottish, Trans & Proud is an important, informative film in bringing trans people’s voices to the forefront.
[Jenna Burns – @Jenna_221b]
Link to film here.
Image: Still from Queer Kingdom