Last month we chatted to the founders and creators of Not a Phase charity, Dani St James and Jacqui Devon. As Trans women themselves, they set up a charity that is dedicated to making a difference. They wanted their voices to be heard and to be able to speak up for the wider community of Trans and non-binary people across the UK.
Not a Phase originally started as a charity T-shirt business, donating funds to Mermaids.org.uk, however as the popularity grew, Jacqui knew that she could make a bigger change.
In June 2020, the government announced that they were scrapping plans to allow people to change their legal gender through self-identifying. This was a huge step back in progress, so Jacqui contacted her friend Dani to get on board and that’s how the charity was born.
Not A Phrase – Trans Rights March
Instead of celebrating Pride weekend back in June, the pair decided to march for Black Trans Rights rights alongside thousands of others in central London. We went with them to follow their journey, capture their inspiring speeches and support them throughout their fight for justice.
The amazing pair also helped to set up another peaceful march called Protest for Trans Rights, that took place on 4th July 2020.
Take a look at their full vlog below.
Find out more about the founders of Not A Phase
We caught up with Dani and Jacqui last month to talk about the charity as a whole and how you can get involved. Find out more.