Jenny-Anne Bishop at home in north Wales. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
When they found out at work Id regularly lose my job. Its happened five times, most recently after the equality legislation had been passed. One time, very early on, I was coming back from my
support group at night. I got stopped by police at a routine roadblock. The officer asked if I was allowed to drive a company vehicle dressed like that and called my work to tell them I was dressed like a woman.
I had one job where they got rid of me and then they wrote to every company I applied to and said: Dont employ this person, theyre trans. Each time I lost my job we had to move. The last time it happened my wife wouldnt move any more thats what really ended our marriage.
When I transitioned full-time [in 2007] we had difficulties like having the car regularly damaged and having the trannies live here painted on the house. When I moved to north Wales to live with my trans partner, Elen, no one knew me as anyone else, so almost all the abuse stopped. Elen and I got married in 2011.
Theres still so much to do, but there have been huge improvements in acceptance. There is much more legislation to
support us, particularly in the last few years. That night I got outed by the police officer, I wouldnt have even dared go into the police station as myself. Now I go in and have lunch with the assistant chief constable or the police and crime commissioner to discuss combating transphobic hate crime.
J Fernandez, 23, administrative assistant, London
The people you see in the media are usually one type of trans person. Theyre usually binary [identify as either female or male], they usually pass [as someone of that gender], theyre usually white and they usually have this narrative that theyve always known theyre the wrong gender. It makes other trans people scared to tell their stories.
Non-binary people are people who dont identify as male or female all the time. There are lots of subsections you might be agender, gender fluid, bi-gender, a demi-girl or a demi-boy. You might not understand the nuances of the differences, but everyone is always making up new identities to match their experiences and that can only be a good thing. While it can be confusing, its better than saying you can only be this thing and we wont talk about anything else.
I just identify as non-binary and dont put myself into any sub identity. Some days I like to be a woman and Im also OK with identifying as being a guy. Im pretty much nothing at the moment.
I came out as a trans guy and transitioned. I took testosterone, Ive had top surgery [chest reduction] and then a hysterectomy in 2015. The hormones and surgery is about aligning my body to what it should have been at birth. Being born with the correct parts would have made things easier, but at the same time I dont want to be told that my body is wrong.
J Fernandez in London. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian
Its very difficult to get treatment as a non-binary person. They were dismissive about the fact that I was feminine. Non-binary people are used to it, you are warned when you go in [to the gender clinics], if you want treatment you will have to present as male or female and stick to that story.
I dont want to be part of any mainstream [pro-trans] movement if it doesnt include non-binary people. In terms of celebrity, there needs to be a lot more diversity. Its a circle: people dont come out if they dont see anyone like them.
Im mixed-race: my mum is Spanish and Nigerian. I am still finding out how I connect with an identity apart from a western LGBT identity. Thats something Im still working on. Within the religion indigenous to the Yoruba people [an ethnic group in Nigeria] there a lot of gender fluid deities; as a trans person trying to find my roots, thats one part of my heritage that I feel positive about.