I can be myself.
I can define and redefine myself.
Escape Velocity is a creative project of films and live performances, made with trans and gender non-conforming young people in Melbourne. Escape Velocity is a collaboration between St Martins and Minus18, with support from Creative Victoria.
It’s our hope that the
films will inspire you to become our allies.
As allies, some facts to have at your fingertips are that 74% of trans and gender diverse young people experience abuse and discrimination (source). As a result, 75% of trans and gender diverse young people experience depression (source), as opposed to just 15% of the general population (source).
In science escape velocity refers to the energy needed to overcome a powerful force of gravity. In our project, Escape Velocity is the call for society to build up a collective momentum and become allies to trans and gender non-conforming young people.
Throughout 2019 and 2020, Escape Velocity will create and share the films with you. Watch them, talk about them, and share them with others. We hope Escape Velocity inspires you to become an ally: to learn more, speak up, and to support individuals, organisations and campaigns around Australia that support trans or gender non-conforming communities.
Escape Velocity is funded by Creative Victoria’s Future Makers for Change initiative.