Az Franco, 24 (he/him), is a trans gender-queer multidisciplinary artist, model, actor & writer from the UK.
Since graduating with a degree in Psychology from The University of Brighton in 2019, Az has given talks on intersectionality, gender identity, inclusivity & mental health. At the end of 2021 Az spoke with Freeda about his experiences as a trans masculine person, for their "Being Me" series.
Az is an experienced writer who has written for a number of major publications including Huffington Post & Feminist. Az is a weekly writer for Impact (September 2021-present) & a video creator for Pink News, UK's leading LGBTQ+ online newspaper (May 2022-present).
He has experience in leading online workshops, having worked with For Them in June 2022 facilitating a 7-day Discord Wellness Journey.
He also writes and designs regular educational and affirmative content for his social platforms to help support the wider LGBTQ+ community.
Az is an experienced model, having worked for established clients including Fujifilm, Getty Images & Coppafeel! In September 2021 he signed to Zebedee Talent Agency and has been working on a number of personal and professional jobs since.
Az is a visual artist, seeking to expose the nuances of his trans-masculine experience whilst maintaining a unique and captivating style.
Since a young age Az has relied on art as both a creative outlet and a coping mechanism. As a neurodivergent person living with multiple mental health illnesses, Az has always found creative processes necessary for his self-development and preservation.
Through a variety of mediums, Az explores all that encompasses his self, with honesty and individuality.
Az's signature and striking use of shape, texture, colour, and space seeks to intrigue the viewer and invite questions, all while telling a story of his past and present experiences.
Az is also an illustrator and graphic designer.
He is a musician & artist who has spent the past 10 years writing original music & poetry and playing live gigs.
He is a photographer, director and filmmaker with experience in directing, filming and editing, including for music video.
Az runs an online store selling his art on various t-shirts, prints and stickers. At the start of 2022 he worked with Philadelphia Printworks to create a benefit T-shirt for Trans Week of Visibility with 20% of proceeds going to PFLAG National.
Az continues to fight for transgender rights and representation through the work he does.
His goal: to break down the binary.
And help to build a safer and more inclusive society for LGBTQ+ people to thrive in.