YouTuber and trans campaigner Fox Fisher has been given an honorary doctorate at the University of Brighton.
The honour was awarded in recognition of Fox’s ongoing work raising the profile of trans people nationally and internationally, and the issues that affect them.
Speaking of the award, Fox explained why the issues facing trans people are so significant: “While a lot has happened for trans people in the past years, I feel that we are still struggling with the same issues. Trans people’s identities aren’t respected as much as they should be, and we constantly have to prove, explain, and justify our experience.”
Fox has a history with the University of Brighton, where he graduated with an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration in 2007. The university has been notably engaging with trans rights, hosting the Brighton Trans and Non-Binary Conference earlier this month. The professor awarding the honorary doctorate noted how Fox’s work reflected the values of the university: “creativity, sustainability, partnership, inclusivity, and sheer bravery”.
— Fox Fisher (@theFoxFisher) July 25, 2017
Fox commented that “an acknowledgement of this kind really helps me feel I am on the right path, and I am very honoured to accept it. It is such a surprise. It speaks volumes when it comes down to trans awareness, and it is wonderful to have that acknowledgement not only for myself but for trans people”.