Tell us about your accomplishments to date?

In the past 12 months, I have dedicated myself to educating the world about transgender experiences and advocating for better support in workplaces. Serving as a voice for those who face safety concerns, legal restrictions, or fear of judgment, I shared his story on LinkedIn, reaching over 6 million people. This visibility led to invitations from 20 companies, including a prestigious global brand like Duolingo, where I participated in a panel discussing trans experiences. Additionally, I spoke at The Hope For Life Conference to around 150 attendees about my mental health journey and the positive impact of transitioning. I extended my outreach to support parents, engaging in video calls with those whose children struggled with isolation. Opportunities arose to become a public speaker for Lights on Mental Health and a ‘Milkfluencer’ for Milk Education, fostering positive change in UK schools. I am grateful for the impact I’ve had so far.

What are the barriers in representing many intersectional identity groups?

  • I think the ultimate barrier is safety, legislation and education.
  • Safety always comes first, so it’s important to implement that in anything you do, but it’s so difficult being a member of the LGBTQ+ community and using your voice to represent the community when your life can be threatened for simply existing.
  • There are so many anti LGBTQ+ legislations across the country, let alone the globe that are against LGBTQ+ rights. It’s understandable why we don’t have enough intersectional identity groups out there representing the community, as it’s all down to the fear of being targeted by the government, let alone random people on the street questioning or physically harassing you for simply being yourself.
  • When it comes to education, for example, a lot of schools will not accept queer public speakers due to the fact a number of parents will complain to the school for something like ‘indecent exposure’. When all we are there for is to educate and hopefully inspire and give hope to the kids that may feel like they’re alone in this world.

Do you think acceptance is improving?

I think acceptance is definitely improving, slowly but surely. I know this because if I was trans back in high school 15 years ago, I know full well I would have been bullied, deadnamed and misgendered like no tomorrow by everyone, pupils and staff.

I also hear from my teenage niece that a lot of the kids who pick on someone who is gay, are the ones who are bullied, so the world has kind of done a 180 there! So yeah, it’s improving, but that’s not to say we don’t have a long way to go.

What does been nominated in your category mean to you?

Being nominated is honestly the biggest honour ever! It gives me so much joy knowing that what I’m doing for my community actually matters and means something to so many people. At the end of the day, I’m a voice for the trans community because I want to be the super hero I never had as a kid.