First non-binary BBC presenter launches Validation Station for trans people stuck at home during coronavirus lockdown
Radio host Jacob Edward made history last Christmas as the first non-binary presenter on BBC Radio 1
Radio host Jacob Edward, who made history last Christmas as the first non-binary presenter on BBC Radio 1, has launched a service for trans people stuck at home during coronavirus lockdown.
Many trans people will be isolated in homes where their names and pronouns aren’t respected.
“My hope at least is that it reminds trans people that even if they’re stuck in unsupportive homes/environments right now due to the coronavirus, that they are still themselves and their name and pronouns are still theirs!” they added.
A text-messaging service that sends a dose of daily positivity to trans and non-binary people, the Validation Station uses the recipients name and pronouns to help trans people’s mental wellbeing during this difficult time.
Consistently using the correct name and pronouns for trans people can reduce their rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts to almost the same levels as their cisgender counterparts.
SO EXCITED to introduce you to The Validation Station!
Last night I tweeted saying I wanted to do something for those #trans people stuck in unsupportive homes during #lockdown and @LaCrecerelle with help from @_phzn & @gracehrst made something HAPPEN!!!https://t.co/TCUwNupT3q pic.twitter.com/FIFmSJ8cXK
— Jacob (