Many IoS readers will never have heard of Paris Lees, but our judges believe that the award-winning journalist, broadcaster and campaigner for transgender rights is leading a slow but determined change in attitudes for the better. “In my generation the agenda was about legal change,” says Christine Burns. “Nowadays it is about social change.”
In the past couple of years Lees appeared as Channel 4 and Radio 1’s first trans woman presenter and founded META magazine – as well as being a Pink List judge in 2011 and 2012.
She was honoured with a Positive Role Model Award at the inaugural National Diversity Awards. With the organisations All About Trans and Trans Media Watch, she engages with the media – including theIndependent on Sunday, ITN and the BBC – to provide guidance and advice. It was noted by our judges that the Daily Mail’s coverage of trans issues has improved noticeably since she had lunch with its managing editor.
Lees was also Diva magazine’s first ever trans cover girl. She blogs atlastofthecleanbohemians.
Source: The Independent on Sunday
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