What you can do

Juno Roche

Writer and Campaigner 

My name is Juno Roche and I identify as she, her and they.

Trans and non-binary role models are incredibly important. My background in teaching makes me realise every trans and non-binary teacher, parent, carer and pupil is a role model in their own environment, bravely and brilliantly making change happen. They are my role models. 

It's important for other people to come out in support of trans / non-binary equality because allies matter hugely. 

It's important for other people to come out in support of trans / non-binary equality because allies matter hugely. We are a small community and our voices need amplifying by those we work with, our friends, family and acquaintances.

Allies standing up with us show the world that we cannot be isolated and bullied by prejudice. The trans community is a vital, vibrant part of society and we deserve a secure, happy space.

The trans community is a vital, vibrant part of society and we deserve a secure, happy space.

I’m part of this campaign because I believe self-identification is the most basic of human rights. It saddens me greatly to have to fight for this, like fighting to stand still. Anything I can do or say to fight for this right I will do. Changing the GRA to allow us to self-identify would be a proud act of autonomy. I know my own mind. I feel that changes to the GRA would mean being respected and believed.

To those in the transgender community who have been reading negative headlines in the press about trans people recently, my advice is, don't read them, don't believe them.

Believe in yourself and know deep inside you are a change maker. If you lead your life true to yourself you bring positivity to the space around you and to the wider community. You are a superhero.

Twitter: @JustJuno1