Chatting to Frit Tam
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Frit Tam is a transgender Chinese adventurer and loves exploring the outdoors in as many ways as possible: climbing, hiking, skiing, cycling, paddleboarding and rollerblading.

 

As an adventure filmmaker and photographer with 10 years of shooting experience, he creates adventure films under his film studio, Passion Fruit Pictures, whose sole mission is to add diversity and colour to the adventure industry.

 

His latest adventure documentary, Brave Enough, has had multiple sold out screenings. In May 2021, he will be embarking on his latest adventure, Glide for Pride - a 2000km rollerblading and cycling trip across England to tackle the issue of belonging in the LGBTQ+ community.

 

You may have noticed different pronouns in these show notes to all the previous ones. This is because when I invited Frit to be on the podcast, he was identifying as a gay woman. By the time we did the interview he had come out as transgender.

 

Regardless of the pronouns, I really wanted to chat to Frit because I loved his story, I loved the passion with which he tell the stories of others who are grossly underrepresented in the outdoor adventure space.

 

And I wanted to hear about his latest mission to travel all over England by rollerblade and bike to raise awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

It’s a very open, vulnerable conversation and I am enormously grateful to Frit for taking the time to talk to me about a very personal journey.

 

We discuss two of his latest films, how “conquering” is the narrative in the adventure world that has stopped so many other amazing stories being told and how he wants to change this.

 

We talk about fitting in, about finding your place in life, about how to extend the reach of his projects so that people who may not otherwise have watched a film about a veiled Muslim hiker or a middle aged paddleboarding mum can see the shift in perspectives and learn something that broadens their views.

 

Frit’s #challengecatie is for me to make an adventure film here in the Alps. Ridiculously excited about that one!!

 

Instagram                                            @passionfruitpictures_

                                                            @frit_tam

LinkedIn                                              @fritsaritatam

Clubhouse                                           @frit_tam

Twitter                                                 @frit_tam

Facebook                                            https://www.facebook.com/glideforpride

FB group Skaters Gonna Skate           https://www.facebook.com/groups/1144920699262426/

Website                                               www.passionfruitpictures.co

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