A new microgrant program from MTV, Logo, and nonprofit organization Trans Lifeline will support transgender youth in changing their government IDs to reflect their gender identity. Transgender individuals whose IDs do not match their gender identity may shy away from voting for fear of harassment or difficulty voting, as poll workers may be unfamiliar with how to deal with transgender people and may be more stringent in the types of ID that people must show before they can cast a vote. To call attention to their partnership, MTV, Logo and Trans Lifeline, enlisted the help of Studio Moross to create an animated short highlighting three transgender and nonbinary young people reflecting on their experiences trying to obtain accurate government IDs. Those featured in the video include: Aidan, a West Indian, trans, nonbinary person from Connecticut in their 20s, who has been trying to get their name and gender marker changed for four years; Coral, a trans femme musician from New Orleans, who has received a grant from Trans Lifeline but has been unable to start the process of obtaining a new ID due to closures forced by the ongoing COVID pandemic; and Owen, a black, nonbinary, transmasculine person from Texas, who has received a microgrant and has since been able to obtain an accurate ID. According to the U. This can often lead to problems, including discrimination or violence, when a person is unintentionally outed because their ID does not match their gender presentation.
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All across America, trans youth face problems updating their government IDs and documents to reflect their true identity-- which makes it more difficult for them to vote. We know how important their voices are, so MTV and Logo have partnered up with Trans Lifeline to create a new program that helps hundreds of trans people be heard. To bring this story to life, MTV partnered with Studio Moross to art direct and oversee every aspect of its beautiful animation. Voting and organizing are crucial ways to bring about real change.
WATCH: MTV-Logo-Trans Lifeline partnership will help trans youth obtain accurate IDs
The program will provide grant money that will allow transgender people to update their IDs to reflect their identities, just in time for the election. The video also features three microgrant recipients—Aidan, Coral, and Owen—who shared their experiences of changing their IDs. It's a terrifying moment, because I have no idea how someone will react to that. The video also raises awareness of the issues of being misgendered or deadnamed, which is being called the name one is given at birth rather than their chosen name. Aidan, a trans nonbinary person in Connecticut, also explains their frustration.
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