I know that’s not the world we live in.
For many people all over the world, expressing who you are, having a voice and making it heard, is not safe – especially for women, people of colour or different abilities, and those of us in the LGBTIQ+ community.
Here in the West, it’s no easy feat, either.
I know from experience that being who you are and expressing yourself can get you bullied, verbally abused, or beaten up.
That embeds a powerful message deep inside us.
That being visible is unsafe.
That standing out makes you a target.
Welcome to the Fifty Shades of Gender project. We want to help create a world where we can all shine as bright as we are, and become beacons to empower others to do the same.
How can we create such a world?
By showing up – even in small ways.
By supporting and standing up for others who are showing up.
By accepting and loving ourselves no matter what.
We want to create a spark to help ignite a fire of inclusion, acceptance and respect for all gender identities.
With the right conditions, a fire can become an inferno.
Join the movement.