Model Kenny Jones is here to smash stigma around transgender men who menstruate


Jones is featured in “Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation,” which will screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week.

Filmmaker Rebecca Snow is hoping to break down the stigma around menstruation ? as it pertains to women as well as transgender, nonbinary and intersex people ? in a bold new documentary. 

HuffPost got a sneak peek at “Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation” ahead of its U.S. premiere Thursday at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival via the video above. In the clip, British model and activist Kenny Jones recalls the physical and emotional anguish he experienced as a transgender teen when he began menstruating.

“I had my first period when I was about 15 [and] hated it,” Jones, now 25, says in the clip. “I could bind down my chest so I didn’t really have to worry about that. No one would be looking at my downstairs, but I couldn’t stop what my period was doing to me.”

These days, Jones uses his experience to speak out on behalf of “period poverty,” raising awareness about the barriers many people encounter in trying to access menstrual hygiene products. He’s one of several global activists featured in “Pandora’s Box,” which examines the history of cultural shame around menstruation as well as its political and environmental impact.

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