Pre-internet, when I was a teenager it was really difficult to find relevant information or media representation of transgender people. The internet and social media has allowed the transgender community to see each other. The transgender 'tipping point' of 2014 was slowly building since the advent of the internet, but social media allowed the movement to explode and find its voice.
This week social Instagram will be launching a new campaign called #MyStoryUK
Instagram is all about visual storytelling and more women are using Instagram to find their voice, push creative boundaries, challenge stereotypes, campaign on the issues that matter to them and grow businesses.
Originally launched in 2015, #MyStory showcased the women who were using Instagram. #MyStory included activists, mothers and entrepreneurs. A celebration of the women who inspire others and promote change. This month Instagram are bringing #MyStory to the UK, to celebrate the inspirational women and those who identify as non-binary feminine. To showcase inspiring stories and encourage even more women to share their experiences. With a pop-up photography and video exhibition planned in London from 8th June, #MyStoryUK will also host an 'Instameet' for the transgender community.
Marne Levine, Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, said this as to why she thinks Instagram is important for the Transgender community. 'Images have the power to break down barriers and challenge stereotypes. We are all inspired by the incredible storytellers, like Munroe, who are using Instagram to share their experiences and raise awareness of the Transgender community.'
#MyStoryUK will showcase a selection of women from across the UK who are using images and videos to tell their stories in ways that transcends language, geography or age.
#MyStoryUK: Unit Gallery, 147 Wardour St, London W1F 8WD