I am delighted and honoured to have recently been awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce for my trans inclusion work.
The RSA Fellowship is an international community of 30,000 achievers and influencers from a wide array of backgrounds and professions, who are distinguished by the letters FRSA. Fellows include social entrepreneurs, scientists, community leaders, commercial innovators, artists, journalists, architects, engineers, and many other occupations.
The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years since its inception in 1754. In its early years, the RSA focussed on awarding prizes to new inventions, ideas and artworks. Over time, it tried lots of things to make the nation better: a national tree planting campaign, promoting girl’s schools, running the nation’s first public exams, initiating the ‘blue plaques’ scheme and the use of the Trafalgar Square fourth plinth to exhibit public art.
Famous past and present fellows include Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Attenborough, Stephen Hawking, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Today it has Fellows elected from 80 countries worldwide and now it now has one more… li’l ol’ me!
I have no idea who nominated me for this honour, but I am very grateful to whoever it was. I will certainly do my best to live up to the change-making ethos of the RSA through my mission to make the World more inclusive and less hostile to trans people. Trans people are just ordinary people who want to be happy and more people need to know that!