The voices of trans and non-binary people in Scotland will be heard in a new collaborative project this summer.
Pink Saltire today announce a partnership with Scottish Transgender Alliance and BBC filmmaker Kate Adair to produce “Scottish, Trans & Proud”.
The short film, made possible by funding from Awards for All, will explore the issues facing diverse transgender and non-binary people with a uniquely Scottish angle, including the right to self determination of gender and the right to respect and dignity in everyday life. It’s part of a series of short films in the new “Pink Saltire Originals” project, filming this summer.
Kate Adair is a self shooting producer/director and trans rights activist from Glasgow. She started her career in media producing and presenting a drive time radio show for a Sony Award nominated station in Liverpool called KCC Live. After doing this for over 5 years she packed her backs and headed back to her homeland where she started vlogging on various channels including an ongoing documentary series My Genderation.
From here Kate branched out into creating short films and working with various groups such as SQIFF and Lock Up Your Daughters in Glasgow, and has been involved in teaching skills to young filmmakers and has a bit of a reputation for having once lay in a bath of chips in the 48 hour film competition submission ‘Netflix and Chips’.
Kate has worked on outside broadcast events filming events in various locations behind the lens for organisations such as The Telegraph and BBC Arts including most recently people such as Gordon Brown, Ruby Wax, and Tanis Varoufakis, as well as debates with senior parliamentary officials during the Brexit referendum.
Pink Saltire Trustee, William Watters, said, “We are delighted to be working with Kate on the Originals project and on this film in particular. Kate has demonstrated a passion for giving trans people a real voice in Scotland and we know that she will represent the views of diverse people across the country in the right way.”
As a firm believer in giving trans people the rights to tell their own stories, Kate has recently been involved in work with BBC Scotland on an online platform called ‘BBC The Social’ creating videos where she discusses issues relating to trans and gender non conforming people, as well as the broader LGBTQIA+ communities as a whole. Here she was also the first openly trans woman to specifically produce a piece for BBC video platforms to commemorate Trans Day of Visibility in 2016.
All 4 “Originals” films will be shared with the LGBT+ community as well as Scotland’s politicians and campaigning organisations to make them aware of the issues which need to be addressed.
Kate told us, “I am delighted that Scottish Transgender Alliance and Pink Saltire have recognised the need for trans people to be involved in highlighting the issues that we face in society today and the commitment they have made in making sure these films are seen by those in parliment who can action real and life saving changes for many communities in Scotland.”
Filming will commence immediately and the film will be premiered in September.
You can find out more about Kate HERE.
You can find out more about Scottish Transgender Alliance HERE.
Written by: Stuart Duffy