Pop-cultural picks to help you better understand the transgender experience

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Bobby Palmer
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Activist Jake Graf’s picks to help you you educate yourself

The short film

Headspace (free; vimeo.com), chosen by activist Jake Graf

“I’m invested in this one as I wrote and directed it. Headspace gives a rare insight into some very simple and innocent everyday situations that can be difficult for trans people. Starring myself, my wife Hannah Winterbourne and activist Munroe Bergdorf, the film was Huffington Post’s most shared video of February 2017.”


The series

Her Story (free; herstoryshow.com), chosen by activist Jake Graf

“A stunningly shot web series set in California starring trans actresses Angelica Ross and Jen Richards. It’s a sassy, sexy look at the lesbian bar scene in LA and examines important issues within the community, such as male violence towards trans women and transphobia within the lesbian community.”

The book

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (£8.99; Orion), chosen by activist Jake Graf

“It’s a genuine, sensitive and authentic look at some of the trials and tribulations of coming out as a transgender woman, albeit in Twenties Paris. The book by David Ebershoff is the basis for the Oscar-winning film – it’s beautifully written and largely inspired by the personal journals of Lili Elbe, one of the first known trans women.”