Trust Docs: Breaking Gender Stereotypes

Transgender Comedian Thrives on Laughter to Beat Fear, Abuse

When transgender comedian Sarah Franken takes to the stage armed with an act full of quirky, satirical and often controversial characters, she first allows herself a moment of vulnerability.

Having transistioned earlier in 2015, Sarah often uses stand up comedy as a way to communicate with the audience what it is really like to be transgender, with strangers coming up to you and revealing their darkest secrets because they think you are "different" to feeling afraid that you could face unjust physical abuse on the subway for her appearance. "When I learned to make fun of it (being forced to be hyper-masculine as a child) it gave me power over it." Feeling at times put upon to produce solely trans material for comedy shows, Sarah feels more compelled to just do her regular comedic material, but just as "Sarah." Feeling confident in her newly found life as Sarah, she looks forward to many more comedic performances, simply by being herself.


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Storytelling Across the Globe

Virtual reality experiences, comic books, and architectural mapping are all forms of storytelling being used by artists and activists around the world to raise awareness of social problems. From calling out sexual assault in India to documenting war crimes in Gaza, these modes of communication are connecting people to issues across the world.

The Resilience of Children

The future of our communities lies in protecting our most vulnerable yet most resilient members: our children. But often, children are the first victims of war and poverty. Many face horrifying events and live with the trauma for the rest of their lives. Despite this, some children survive these events to become leaders of their communities and voices for peace.

Between Stigma and Healthcare

Many communities around the world see disease and mental illness not as something to be treated, but as something to be feared. As a result, many suffering from curable conditions are stigmatized within their communities. But through education and organizing, some people are challenging these stigmas and addressing previously taboo health issues.

Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.