Eight LGBTIQ-identifying Australians have shared their stories in a new series of powerful videos created by fashion brand Levi’s.
Among them is rising Brisbane hip-hop performer Miss Blanks (pictured), who is transgender.
“As a trans woman of colour, what equality means to me is being able to live my most authentic self, free from any kind of discrimination based on the intersections that I offer,” Miss Blanks says.
“We need to push this conversation of inclusion and acceptance… You are valid, your voice is valid, your body is valid, and you’ll do big things.”
Singer Oscar Key Sung, dancer Loredo Malcolm, makeup artist Ruby Allegra and artist Kim Leutwyler also appear in the series of short films.
“Equality is such a broad thing and it’s so hard to truly define what success would look like. There’s gonna be a next hurdle, for trans rights and sex workers and everybody that still faces inequality within Australia,” Leutwyler said.
“So the job will never be done, but I think it’s about taking incremental steps to get to those building blocks of equality.”
A Levi’s spokesperson said the film series, shot by Melbourne director Jeff Johnson, aims to “highlight that humans are more than just their sexual orientation.”
“We tell the stories of eight unique individuals from around the country who share their personal perspective on what it means to be queer in 2018 and their hopes for the future,” the spokesperson said.
“At Levi’s we strive for a world of acceptance and inclusion where one’s sexual orientation, gender, race or religion does not have to be their defining feature.”
Last month, Levi’s released their annual “Pride Collection” for 2018, with 100% of the proceeds from the range gender-neutral shirts, pants and accessories going to charities benefitting LGBTIQ communities.
Watch the “I Am…” series below: