Explore trans stories with DIVA’s pick of trans, non-binary and queer-shaped TED talks


Every year on 31 March, the international LGBTQI+ community, its allies and those seeking to learn, come together – albeit, virtually this year – to celebrate, educate and listen to trans, non-binary and queer voices share their stories, and the stories of those who are no longer with us.

To honour that tradition or, to give it it’s full name, to honour Trans Day Of Visibility, we’ve picked a handful of some of the most-viewed talks from online platform, TED Talks, that explore a little what it means to be trans, non-binary and queer.

How to talk (and listen) to transgender people

To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, TED Resident Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues…

A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender

“I was the mystery of an anatomy, a question asked but not answered” – poet and TED fellow, Lee Mokobe. (Tissues at the ready for this one).

Why I must come out

A short history of trans people’s long fight for equality

Fashion model Geena Rocero shares her story of becoming who she always knew she was in this moving 10-minute talk (viewed almost 3.5 million times!)

“Imagine how the conversation would shift if we acknowledge just how long trans people have been demanding equality” – trans activist and TED Resident, Samy Nour Younes.

A queer vision of love and marriage

“Love is a tool for revolutionary change.” Married activists Tiq and Kim Katrin Milan have imagined their queer marriage as a model of possibility for people of every kind. 

Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality

“I want kids to grow up and into themselves with pride for who they are and who they can be” – Lindsay “Lindz” Amer, LGBTQI+ and social justice creator.

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