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!
While my presentations are based on my own personal story, I can tailor them to fit in with any particular theme or message you wish to convey. A popular presentation, “Positively Managing Change: A Very Personal Journey” is themed around how I handled such a major change in my life and my business. This fits in very well with business conferences and groups as business owners regularly have to manage change, whether it is forced on them or something of their making. Another, “My Journey to Empowerment” is popular with women’s groups aimed at empowering women. My presentations usually get an excellent reaction from the audience as it is such a personal story about such a massive change and people are generally fascinated to hear such a story told first hand.
I am available to talk to at conferences, companies, associations, business groups, hospitals, councils, schools, colleges and universities (to both staff and students). In fact, to anyone who wants to listen! I am also happy to be a guest speaker for panel discussions as I feel that the more trans people who are prepared to stand up and be counted, the better. We shouldn’t hide ourselves away as we have nothing to be ashamed of. I am proud of everything I have achieved and the decisions I have made, so I’m not hiding anywhere!
While my story can be difficult to hear in some parts, in the main, it is very positive and upbeat. After all, I am so much happier now I can be the real me. I’m loving my new life!
I am a woman on a mission! But not just any woman and not just any mission…
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.