Non-binary trans and queer filmmaker, writer, activist, artist, indigo with a love for magic. (Literary agent: Allison Cohen at Gersh Agency)
Dr. Joshua M. Ferguson (Ph.D.) is a non-binary trans (they/them/their) filmmaker, writer and activist born in Brantford, Canada and raised in the small town of Napanee, Canada. Joshua received their B.A. Hons. in Film Studies at Western University and their M.A. in Film Studies and Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia and is a recipient of two Canada Graduate Scholarships from SSHRC. Joshua’s research focuses on highlighting non-binary trans subjectivity by studying the related representations of binary and non-binary trans people in popular culture, social discourse and autoethnography. They are developing their Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Non-Binary Trans Subjects: Exiting the Attachment to the Transgender Metanarrative of Man/Woman" into a book.
With producing and directing partner, Florian Halbedl, Joshua has made two short films to date: the award-winning Whispers of Life (2013) and Limina (2016), which has made history for trans inclusivity in the film and TV history and is being exhibited at festivals worldwide in 2017. Joshua aims to discover innovative, unique and marginalized stories that seek to represent the rich diversity of humanity. Joshua believes that “Film can act as a beacon of hope for those struggling with being marginalized while simultaneously deploying new ways to expand awareness in a changing global landscape that typically participates in exclusionary and reductive forms of cinematic representation.” Joshua is currently working with Florian to develop a short dramatic film, a feature-length dramatic fiction film and a feature-length documentary.
We need each other. We need these connections to survive and we need to talk about mental illness to share light and hope. We need to stop stigmatizing mental illness. We need to survive mental illness. You need to survive it. You have to keep moving. Keep fighting. Keep dreaming.
I am a non-binary trans person. I know that many people do not yet understand what this means. Many people refuse to acknowledge my existence. Being seen as I am by people is a remarkable feeling, and my grandmother gave this gift to me in the most unexpected moment. My grandmother spent her minute of clarity, while suffering in a state of almost perpetual dementia and physical exhaustion, to give me a beautiful gift of cross-generational respect as a trans person. To see me as I am.
Trans people are diverse, but we are not all the same. Non-binary trans people have been largely excluded from the discussion about trans people, and this erasure delegitimizes our identity. What troubles me is that some people are acting out dangerous forms of transphobia to erase non-binary trans people.