MTV’s +1 the Vote and Logo today announced that they have joined forces with non-profit organization Trans Lifeline to develop a new youth microgrant program to support Trans youth in changing their government ID documents to appropriately reflect their gender identity.
To showcase the importance of voter access for the LGBTQ+ community, MTV’s +1 the Vote, Logo and Trans Lifeline created an animated short that follows the journeys of three transgender and non-binary young people from across the United States as they reflect on the experiences of updating their government IDs in order to easily and safely participate in the upcoming election. The international pop singer-songwriter and outspoken advocate for the transgender community, Kim Petras, who recently released her single, “Malibu”, serves as a narrator of the introduction and closing.
“Whenever I’m given any opportunity to help draw attention to trans issues and uplift the trans community, I want to do what I can because it’s something I love doing,” said Petras. “Changing your name and gender officially can be hard and discouraging to do. I know how much it means when your gender and your name finally gets changed on your passport because I went through the same thing. It might not seem like a big thing to many people, but it’s a big thing if you’re transgender – especially in an election year where making our voices heard and making sure our community is represented is more important than ever.”
Coral, one of the three grantees who is featured in the video, explained: “The Trans Lifeline microgrant empowered me to feel that legal name change is a real possibility. A person’s name is so crucial to how they interface with themselves and every person they ever meet. It impacts their entire experience of the world.” Having an ID that doesn’t match affects trans people daily – from using a debit card to getting hired at a job to having a landlord do a credit check.
To bring this piece to life, MTV enlisted Studio Moross to oversee the art direction and animation of the piece.
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