21st Mar 2013
Musical Release for Trans Youth
A Fixer, who has faced public ridicule since coming out as transgender, is now making a music video to combat prejudice against the trans community.
Alfie Austin came out as male at the age of 18 and now hopes to stand up for others like him.
Born female, the 19-year-old says he's treated much differently since making his decision.
He’s lost close friends who couldn’t handle his new life and has even had to quit a job.
The Salford teenager is a keen music enthusiast and feels a great way to change peoples’ opinion about the trans community is through a music video.
‘I feel that this would be an ideal way for me to find an emotional release, through something that’s close to my heart,' he says.
‘I want to show how everybody is equal and how the media plays a key role in how society views certain individuals. From what I’ve seen, there isn’t much positive press about trans people, and this is something I want to change.’
Alfie has enjoyed his experience with Fixers so far and hopes his music video will make a real difference in society.
‘My coming out as transgender has been met with mixed emotions,' he explains. 'I would love the opportunity to tell my story and help others in a similar situation to me.
‘I chose to work with Fixers because they champion young peoples’ concerns.
‘I really feel passionately about this issue, because it affects me every day. I want to give hope to others like me who are too scared to speak up.’