Camilla, as a mother and activist, provides her personal experience gained through her studies to the GenderLens project. On a daily basis, she gathers informations from families, scholars, activists around the world with which she has created a network of common action, making herself the vehicle of a message of transpositiveness in Italy. As one of the few activist moms for gender variant children rights in Italy she has participated in conferences, she has published a book soon to be also sold in Spanish speaking countries and France called “Mio Figlio in Rosa”, she was a TEDx speaker and she regularly writes her blog www.miofiglioinrosa.com in which she shares her life and information
Michela has been working as a PhD student in a research project for the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on gender variant children and their families. She’s interviewed dozens of families with gender variant kids age 3 – 12 in Spain and Italy gaining a great amount of experience in the field. As an anthropologist and researcher, she provides her studies, her research, but above all her passion for what she is doing to the GenderLens Project, in order to explain gender variance through other lenses wishing to create a more inclusive society that respects diversity whatever that means.
Francesca studies Child and Youth Care at Georgian College in Toronto (Canada) focusing their studies on LGBT+ issues and becoming a counsellor for LGBT+ youth and their families. They chose years ago to embark on a journey to a country, Canada, that allowed them not only to be educated and trained in a career that they liked but also to live freely and quite easily their non-binary gender identity. As a counsellor, they provide their experience with LGBT+ youth and their families. As an advocate, their passion for Human Rights.
Elisabetta, better know as “Betta”, define herself as “mamma queer”. When her child, a couple of years ago, told her that they were a trans-non-binary person, she had in front of her two options: torn herself apart by the pain and accept it for love, or understand again for love but also and above all for herself. she chose the latter…ole’. For several years she has been a member of Agedo ( an association consisting primarily by parents but that also includes extended family and friends of LGBT+ people) of which she is a member of the national board and the Presiden of the local, Bologna, board. Been an advocate to her means living the militancy as the construction of critical knowledge in constantly learning. In the last years, she collaborated on the implementation of educational projects, and on the creation in school settings of associations and meetings on non-binary gender identity and parenting.
Cinzia is a mother of adolescent twins, one of whom is transgender. When her child, a while ago, confided to her that she was a girl and she showed the desire to be able to express herself as one, she quickly understood that it wouldn’t have been an easy journey, but it had to be embarked on. She reached out to other moms, searching that information that could have helped her in supporting her daughter in the best possible way. On this journey, she realized she was not alone and that many parents, if they work together, have the power to do a lot. To her, GenderLens is the right place where parents can meet other parents and understand that they are not alone, other families are facing the same experience. As Betta, Cinzia collaborates with Agedo in organizing events to raise public awareness on gender variance in childhood, and to ensure that other people, who are living the same experience, can go public without fear.
Natan is a young transgender man committed for many years to LGBT+ advocacy. In addition to organizing cultural events, formative meetings and social activities ever since he was very young, he collaborated to the creation and administration of a reception point for LGBT+ youth rejected by their families. He, therefore, provides his long experience as an activist, but also his own experience as a transgender person, whom after years spent in the research of who he was and what others expected from him, he eventually found that place where he feels his experience is not only valid but also essential to the society in which he lives.
Yele is a trans, non-binary, queer person, in life they are, among many things, a performer and an activist. Waiting for society to evolve in a more ecologic, fun and queer present, they channel their attention towards these issues trying to get the heart of the matters to break it, squeeze it and transform it in a juicy cocktail of knowledge with a subversive taste. They believe that choosing between just two elements isn’t a real choice, and therefore they like to create and protect different viewpoints. They contribute to the creation of imaginaries and representations which break the plastic horizons that are imposed by normality confining and oppressing the amazing life’s experiences and freedom of the bodies, addressing also the childhood that they see as a minority constantly oppressed by a “grow up” culture, that, maybe unwittingly or maybe not, doesn’t care about children’s consent and freedom.