From the personal to the political, My Trans Story features proud trans and gender diverse storytellers celebrating their complex, sometimes funny, often fearless, always fierce histories.
At a time when the trans experience is becoming more visible, we still rarely see stories by trans and gender diverse people on our screens, in theatres, a bookshelf or in popular culture and when we do, they’re all about coming out and surgery or discrimination and hate crimes.
We’re here to tell you there’s plenty more to the trans narrative. Each trans experience is diverse and wonderful. Yes, we can be linked by feelings of gender dysphoria, name changes and surgeries but our stories are unique and more than our gender; they’re human stories full of love and laughter, curiosity and explorations, triumphs and hope.
This is the type of storytelling event that makes you question everything you know about gender. They’re the “gender whisperers” the Prime Minister warned you about. Book this production and hear them roar.
My Trans Story was a sell-out success at the 2018 and 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and the 2019 Melt Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse.
This event includes a workshop for emerging speakers from the community. Four emerging speakers are then programmed with four established speakers.
My Trans Story is available to tour now
Words from our audiences
” This was the best story-telling event I have seen over the years. Such interesting and diverse stories that were all very moving.
“Beautiful night with amazing and inspiring stories”
“Such an amazing night”
“Last night had a v significant micro, individual and macro, social impact. It was a brilliant, creative, entertaining and beautiful idea.”
“An incredible line up of diverse speakers. I laughed, I cried, I cheered!”
Ideas, storytelling, verbatim theatre
Festivals, events, conferences
2 hours with a 20 min interval – can be adjusted to suit the event
My Trans Story premiered as Trans Stories – A Celebration in Pride Week, at the Stone Wall Hotel on Sydney’s Oxford Street, produced by Trans Sydney Pride in June 2017. It was an evening of storytelling by the trans community for the trans community affirming and celebrating our struggles and victories.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Trans Pride Australia (formally Trans Sydney Pride) went on to produce Trans Stories – 40 Years, headlining Mardi Gras’ Queer Thinking festival at Carriageworks in February 2018. The evening was directed by Lisa Freshwater from FEM and presented stories that traversed the four decades of Mardi Gras, exploring the community’s history, it’s placed in the LGBTQI+ community and its unique perception of the world.
Trans Stories – 40 Years was a resounding success. It sold out two weeks before the event and received three standing ovations.
We were invited back for the 2019 Festival and have since taken the event to Brisbane Powerhouse’s Melt Festival.
Photo Credit: ANN-MARIE CALILHANNA
My Trans Story – Queer Futures
Sydney Mardi Gras 2024
Amou Leota Lu, Charley Sanders
Danielle Laidley, Jaxson Wearing
Malaika Mfalme, Theo Stack
DJ: Victoria Anthony
Narrator: Peta Friend
My Trans Story
Sydney Mardi Gras 2022
Andrew Guy, Joel Murray
Olivia Stewart, Rusty Nannup
Tea Uglow, Victoria Anthony
Hosted by Peta Friend
My Trans Story – Digital Season
Sydney Opera House 2020
Kate Beckett & Marc Jarrett
Peta Friend, Rey Vargas,
My Trans Story – Place and Belonging
Sydney Mardi Gras 2020
Holly Conroy, Joel Wilson
Luka Bungree, Peta Friend
Teddy Cook, Wei Thai Haynes
Introduced by AJ Brown and Lisa Freshwater
My Trans Story – Melt Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse 2019
Bear Baxter, Frances Doolan
Shaun D’souza, Xander Ferguson
Peta Friend, Simia Seiker,
My Trans Story – The Next Generations
Sydney Mardi Gras 2019
Dibs Barisic Sprem, Nyx Calder
Liz Duck Chong, Kalypso Finbar
Evie MacDonald, Nathan Shephard
Rey Vargas, Nevo Zisin
My Trans Story – 40 Years
Sydney Mardi Gras 2018
Mama Alto, AJ Brown
Karen Chant, Chrissy Doyle
Lisa Freshwater, Peta Friend
Kaya Wilson, Colleen Windsor