As part of Sharing Space, a new content series from The Trevor Project, Daniel Radcliffe hosted a roundtable of transgender and non-binary youth.
The series will feature conversations with LGBTQ+ young people moderated by allies of the community and comes at a time when a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills (the majority of which target trans+ people) are being considered in various US states.
Data from The Trevor Project shows that debates surrounding this kind of legislation have already had a negative impact on almost nine in 10 (86%) trans+ youth.
Radcliffe took part in the inaugural episode of Sharing Space, where he heard from six trans+ people as they candidly discussed topics such as gender euphoria, respecting pronouns, self-discovery and what genuine allyship looks like.
“We listen to so many people talk about trans youth and hear them talked about so often in the news, but very rarely do we actually hear from these youth directly,” the actor said of the experience.
“It was an absolute privilege to get to meet and listen to this incredible group of young people. At the end of the day, if you’re going to talk about trans kids, it might be useful to actually listen to trans kids.”
He has supported The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention organisation for young LGBTQ+ people, for more than a decade and was honoured with its Trevor Hero Award in 2011.
“Our society has created boxes that young people are expected to fit into”
“Our goal in developing this kind of content is to turn the microphone toward LGBTQ young people themselves and let them speak directly about their lives, which they know best,” said Megan Stowe, VP of Brand and Content at The Trevor Project.
“LGBTQ young people, particularly transgender and nonbinary youth, are routinely forced to stand by and watch adults debate their very existence and life experiences.
“Our society has created boxes that young people are expected to fit into, when we should be giving them the space and autonomy to figure out who they are on their own.
“That’s why it’s so important that we continue to amplify young LGBTQ voices that are so often silenced, and work towards creating a safer, more accepting world where they can thrive just as they are.”
The Trevor Project intends to release several episodes of Sharing Space throughout the year and each episode will feature a different theme, host and group of LGBTQ+ young people.
Episode one will land on The Trevor Project’s YouTube channel at 12pm ET on 31 March 2023 to mark Transgender Day of Visibility. You can watch the trailer below or by clicking here.