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Virgin Radio Pride UK to air documentary busting the myths surrounding the trans community.

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Living Authentically; Trans Truths will air on Virgin Radio Pride on Tuesday 16th August at 6pm. The hour long documentary narrated by Stephanie Hirst, award winning radio presenter and TV personality, aims to bust myths and misconceptions surrounding the trans community.

41% of trans men and trans women responding to a Stonewall survey said they had experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the past 12 months, and recorded transgender hate crimes have increased by an astonishing 650%. This documentary aims to educate listeners whilst also providing a resource for people who would like to learn more about the lived experiences of those in the trans community.

Living Authentically; Trans Truths, produced by audio content agency This Is Distorted, will take listeners on an educational journey. Featuring contributions from radio presenter Paris Munro, Cleo Madeleine from Gendered Intelligence, Virgin Radio Pride’s Shivani Dave and Grey Marlow from Queer Lit book shop in Manchester, they talk about the most common and harmful misconceptions they've encountered while exploring their gender identity. We also chat to members of the public during a live discussion hosted by Mermaids, a children’s trans charity based in Leeds and London.

Mike Cass, Content Director at Virgin Radio UK said:

“Virgin Radio Pride UK’s mission is to share the biggest stories from the LGBTQ+ community with our listeners and Living Authentically; Trans Truths does just that.

I’m delighted we are partnering with This Is Distorted again to help bust the myths and misconceptions around the trans community and with the brilliant Stephanie Hirst narrating this fascinating documentary, it is a must listen this summer.”

Stephanie Hirst Radio Presenter & TV personality said:

“It’s a true honour to host this documentary for Virgin Radio Pride. It’s vitally important that we all try to educate ourselves from those who have a lived experience, in all walks of live, especially those from the Trans & Non Binary community. It is an incredibly educational listen”

Alex Jungius Owner and Director of This Is Distorted said:

“Working on another documentary for Virgin Radio Pride UK this year has been so inspiring for the team and getting to cover topics around Trans issues is so important. We can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on”.

The documentary will be broadcast on Tuesday 16th August 6pm on Virgin Radio Pride and will be available to listen again on Spotify.

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