You Can Get Your Nails Done For Free While Learning About Trans Issues At This Pop-Up Salon

"I'm trying to change hearts and minds a nail at a time."

Getting a manicure can be relaxing, fun self-care activity. For many, the experience of going to a salon is as enjoyable as the colorful nails you end up with. Nail Transphobia — a pop-up nail salon started by transgender activist Charlie Craggs — is taking the experience one step further by combatting transphobia with every manicure.


Craggs travels around the U.K. hosting different manicure pop-ups where people can get their nails done for free. The aim of the manicures is for people to be able to sit down with a trans person and have a discussion about their lives, in the hopes that it will combat transphobia or preconceived notions.

Craggs points out on the Nail Transphobia website that sometimes people have misconceptions about those who are transgender, even if they have never met a trans person. Therefore, the events can help create more of an understanding.

On her website, Craggs said, "I want people to go away with more than just a manicure, I want them to go away an ally. I'm trying to change hearts and minds a nail at a time."

Since Nail Transphobia launched in 2013, Craggs has traveled around the U.K. hosting manicure events for fashion brands, museums, festivals, and colleges. 

She recently expanded internationally by hosting the first Nail Transphobia pop-up in New York. And this month she collaborated with Instagram and Refinery29 to film a Facebook live LGBT-themed #AskMeAnything video. 

Furthermore, the 24-year-old has expanded the project to include a series of free workshops entitled Nailing It. The events were created to help trans and non-binary people through the process of transitioning, and to promote a message of self-worth and love.

There are 700,000 people in the United States alone who identify as transgender, yet for many of them, it can be a struggle. Some have lost their jobs and relationships because of taboos around identity that still exist, and violence and self-harm are unfortunately common. GLAAD reported that 2016 was the deadliest year on record for trans people. 

Nail Transphobia, and other similar events and campaigns, will hopefully help stop the transphobia and violence and create a welcoming space for everyone.

(H/T: Refinery29)

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