PBS web series 'First Person' sparks conversations on gender and sexuality

The PBS Digital Studios and WNET NEW York original web-series First Person, which explores different issues facing the LGBT community through personal narratives, premiered earlier this year on YouTube. Hosted by Kristin Russo, the co-founder of LGBT youth organization Everyone Is Gay, each mini-episode uses interviews and commentary "to illustrate intimate experiences that speak to larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms and identity development." It incorporates viewer's feedback into the discussion and encourages them to keep the conversation on other First Person social media platforms, as well as suggesting ideas for future episodes to cover.

Some topics that have been covered include documenting transition on social media, PrEP and HIV, bisexual erasure, asexuality, living outside the gender binary, and coming out in sports. Trans artist and YouTuber Skylar Kergil, author Vivek Shrayam, fashion icons Nicolette Mason, Arabelle Sicardi and Rae Tutera, and ESPN correspondent Kate Fagan have all been featured in past episodes.

Below you can check out Russo's conversation with Tyler Ford, a 24-year-old non-binary transgender writer, speaker, and advocate. They have previously worked with Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation and regularly give advice on MTV.com.

A roster of over a dozen episodes is already available on First Person's YouTube channel.

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