Being an openly transgender woman and a trans ambassador, I am on a mission to not only show that it’s OK to be trans, but it’s actually cool to be trans too!
Through my media appearances, public speaking engagements, blog, vlog, social media, trans awareness training courses and via support groups, my aim is to reach out to trans people who may be struggling with their gender identity, to reassure them and to lead by example. I want to help educate the general public too. The more people who are educated about trans issues, the greater the acceptance and the easier it will be for trans people to live their lives in peace. Most bigotry and prejudice comes from ignorance and fear of the unknown. Education can and does save lives. I use a lot of humour in my presentations as I feel if I entertain my audiences, they are more likely to take notice of what I have to say.
A Little About Katie
I have spoken in the media and to groups of people about being trans many times as I am very comfortable with it. Why shouldn’t I be? After all, I am so much happier now I am able to be the real me. Just by being publicly happy and confident as a trans woman, it gives confidence to other trans people and it also sends out a positive message to the general public that being trans isn’t anything to be ashamed of or anything to feel sorry for. I want to help reduce the incidences of transphobic abuse that can be so prevalent in certain sections of society. All that’s needed is a bit more education and understanding. I feel that my very open and frank presentations and interviews which always include some of my unique (warped?) sense of humour, will help to break down barriers which should help us all to rub along better together.
I have helped many trans people already who just needed a little mentoring and support as that is all it takes sometimes to give them the boost they need. Stonewall’s Trans Mental Health Survey 2012 found that 48% of trans people in Britain have attempted suicide at least once and and 84% have thought about it. Their LGBT in Britain Health Report 2018 shows that 12% of trans people made an attempt to take their own life in the last year alone. I want to do my bit to help bring the rates down in whatever small way I can.
Trans Awareness Training
Being a transgender woman who is currently in transition, I offer a very personal, powerful and authentic insight into what it’s like to be transgender in the UK. I am not associated with any campaign groups and I have no hidden agenda. I tell my story with humour and in a refreshingly un-corporate and non-political manner. I am not afraid to tell it like it is.
I am on the BBC’s and ITV’s list of experts for when they need transgender people they can call on who will speak out and represent the trans community well. I am very relaxed in front of the camera or microphone and I am able to explain trans issues very clearly. Most importantly though, I have a great sense of humour so I always have fun with my interviewers as I think it is the key to making the viewers or listeners actually listen to what I have to say.
Public Speaking on Transgender Issues
I am regularly asked to speak publicly about my transgender journey and it’s something that I am very comfortable with and always happy to do. I give a full and frank account of my rollercoaster of a journey to be able to live my truth as the woman I have always been, but never allowed to show, after nearly 50 years of pretending to be male. I also speak about the difficult decisions surrounding my photography and video business which is named after my old (male) name. I am happy to take questions from the audience too – no matter how personal!
Mentoring & Support
I have given much support over the years to both transgender people and to crossdressers (before I discovered that I was transgender) as a moderator of an online help forum, by talking to groups and on a one-to-one basis. I usually find that by demonstrating that I am happy and confident as well as being transgender, it shows that there is life after discovering you are trans. That in itself gives others hope who may be struggling to come to terms with being trans.