TEDTalk: What It Feels Like to Be Transgender

Twenty-year-old slam poet Lee Mokoke passionately expresses his journey from being “more Ken than Barbie” to “loving my body enough to let it go” in a highly gendered society.


In this TEDTalk, Lee Mokoke paints a picture of his journey being transgender. He addresses themes of gender expectations, the power of words, and how culture shapes identity.

Use this video with your students to discuss how gender expectations have impacted their lives. You can also use it as inspiration for students to create their own slam poems about gender, as a tool to facilitate discussion around gender identity, or to analyze the use of metaphors.