Lyndsay Muir, Visiting Tutor in the School of Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), has collaborated on two projects to raise awareness of the experiences of transgender and non-binary persons.
‘I AM: Stories from transgender and non-binary people across the world’ is a collection of autobiographical pieces and ﬁrst hand accounts by people from across the globe. They are fascinating, moving tales, stories about survival, hope, joy and endurance and ﬁnding a place to call home.
Lyndsay explained the importance of the book and why she felt she needed to be a part of it:
"Trans and non-binary people are often people more spoken about rather than having the opportunity to speak for themselves so this project places our stories and voices at the centre. I'm just one of those voices amongst many diverse people from right across the globe.
"It's so important for anyone to speak as and for themselves, especially when there is a long history of misrepresentation of our identities, so, as Jo Clifford says in her introduction to the ‘I AM’ book, 'This is art as activism. This has the potential to change the world'."
The book is available in both print and e-form via the National Theatre Scotland website.
All the contributors are members of the Adam World Choir, which is a global digital chorus of transgender and non-binary people brought together by the National Theatre Scotland for the production of Adam.
Having won a ‘Fringe First’ at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017 the production is currently enjoying a London run at Battersea Arts Centre and Lyndsay is making a virtual, digital appearance in the show, alongside other members of the choir, expressing support for Adam's journey from Egypt to Glasgow and through his transition. Following it’s run in London it will move to the Skirball Center for Performing Arts in New York.
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