Yesterday was Trans*Code, a hackday for trans* people and allies. I am transgender, though not out as such in real life; I was one of several for whom Trans*Code was their first social experience in their preferred gender role.
But before I wax lyrical about my experiences (very positive, by-the-by), I would just like to talk about my team’s project from the hackday.
In short, Transflare is/will be1 a “bat-signal” for trans* people in the form of a phone app. The core idea is to send out a Flare with a short message attached to verified Helpers2 nearby. As the project is pretty much @cmantito‘s baby, I should probably leave it to them to do the full announcement, but I think it is a great example of the creative and useful projects to come from this hackday.
Transflare is open-source on github: cmantito/transflare. Contributions are welcome and much desired!
As I said in the introduction, Trans*Code was my first event I’ve ever attended openly not as cis. I was still cross-dressing, though (as in dressing like my birth sex, bleh). I need new clothes! And a sense of fashion!
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But anyway, back on track, it was an incredibly comfortable and very welcoming safe space. As a topic-focused hack day, I feel that it was possibly more productive than others: rather than inventing a target audience, we were that audience. So from fashion advice for non-traditional body types and gender expression, through a listing of non-gender-exclusive public toilets, I could see myself using every single one (well, maybe not the tweet sentiment analysis, no matter how cool!).
I especially appreciated the way that the teams were organised. @NaomiCeder wrote the proposals up on a whiteboard, each proposer pitched the project, and attendees were left to choose projects we found interesting; mercifully, the teams ended up pretty balanced.
I just wish I had had more time at the hackday to talk to everyone! But every single person I talked to was so lovely, and actually inspirational. I now feel confident about “coming out” to everyone, and certain that it is indeed what I want to do.
Thank you all – attendees, volunteers and organisers alike – for the most wonderful couple of days. I look forward to seeing more of you in future!