What is nGendr?
nGendr is a collective of trans and non-binary people in the UK, with the joint aim of providing an opportunity for trans and non-binary people to lift up each other’s voices, and to get their message out into the world for people to see. There are so many talented trans and non-binary people with something to say or share, and we want to celebrate them. The purpose of nGendr is to have a collective of individuals working under a single banner, sharing writing, videos, blogs, vlogs, art, anger, joy, comedy – anything that we’re passionate about.
The audience for this will be trans and non-binary people, and also beyond. However our responsibility lies first and foremost with trans and non-binary people. This is by trans and non-binary people, for everyone.
The idea behind nGendr is to provide an opportunity for trans & NB people to lift up each other’s voices, and to get their message out into the world for people to see. There are so many talented trans & NB people with something to say or share. The purpose of nGendr is to have a collective of individuals working under a single banner, sharing writing, videos, blogs, vlogs, art, anger, joy, comedy – anything that we’re passionate about.
The audience for this will be trans & NB people and also beyond. Therefore ‘the message’ is accessible, but not to the point of dilution, and certainly without being damaging or erasive. ‘The message’ is whatever the individuals within our group want it to be provided it fits with the ethos we’re talking about here
The idea is for individuals within the group to keep a clear personal ID (I am trying not to say ‘brand’!), to allow them to say what they want to say. There is no aim of getting famous here, however we are also conscious that a platform is important, otherwise nobody is reading what we have to say! Therefore clearly we want to get the message out, but this is absolutely not at the expense of doing the right thing.
- The stuff we make is by trans & NB people. It is for anyone, but our responsibility is, first & foremost, to trans & NB people
- We do not shit on other trans & NB people in order to gain wider appeal for what we say
- We’re not doing this to be famous
- We are representative only of ourselves, and must be conscious not to speak for groups of which we are not members
- We are conscious of being predominantly trans women and are actively interested in expanding membership to include other trans & NB identities
- We actively want to amplify the voices of trans & NB people of colour, and trans & NB people with disabilities
- We help each other out, and we take opportunities to signpost & lift up the work of other trans & NB people
- We want to say things in an accessible, constructive way.
- If we get a platform as a result of this work, we don’t forget all these principles
- We aim to be an alternative to the frustrations of ineffectively media friendly trans visibility, however it’s important that we stay accessible to a wider audience too, so the aim is to steer clear of overly inflammatory radical statements under our branding – however this really is intended to avoid anything particularly extreme rather than being too limiting