First non-binary BBC presenter launches Validation Station for trans people stuck at home during coronavirus lockdown

First non-binary BBC presenter launches Validation Station for trans people stuck at home during coronavirus lockdown
By: Pinknews Posted On: March 25, 2020 View: 59

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.

The Validation Station is “a daily feel good message” for the trans community, Edward told PinkNews.

“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.

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