Icelandic transgender activist
In a binarily gendered world, you really have a choice of either/or. But rules are made to be broken and break it Owl Fisher did. They (that’s right, it’s their preferred pronoun) are a trans activist, campaigning to highlight trans experiences through a film project named My Genderation with All About Trans, which is a UK organisation that works to improve trans representation in media.
It dawned on Owl (full name Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir) that they are transgender when they were a teenager, playing video games that enabled them to explore being other than the boy everyone thought they were, boldly defying people’s expectations.
Although they were lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive friends and a loving family, there were internal struggles to be conquered—finding their identity in a society riddled with messages that tell you that you can either be this or that; and overcoming their own sense of shame and fear of coming out as trans.
In providing justice for the trans community, Owl finds that their films are a great mode of spreading the message. “Being able to portray stories and give people a voice is incredibly powerful,” they replied. It is devastating for them to chance upon what little representation that they had, which more often than not cast them as an object of disgust or even the butt of jokes. My Genderation is made to fight that misrepresentation.
“More empathy for each other and for our planet; that’s my wish.”