A truly inspirational sports stars, Charlie Martin is the first-ever professional transgender motorsports driver who has broken numerous records during her career. Having competed in motor racing across several different disciplines, including the European Hillclimb, Ginetta Gt5 Challenge and Britcar, Charlie has broken stigma in what is often deemed a ‘male sport’. In her capacity as a diversity and inclusion speaker, Charlie is committed to raising awareness of the stigmas faced by trans people and the LGBT community, both in sport and day to day life.
Back in 2018, Charlie began competing in the Ginetta Gt5 Challenge series, a supporting category of the British GP Championship. During the Silverstone round of the event, Charlie successfully led a campaign for her and her fellow drivers to display rainbow stickers on their cars in support of Gay Pride. With motorsport often a male-dominated sport with little diversity, Charlie’s presence has made her a trailblazer for trans athletes everywhere. Charlie has also competed in the likes of Michelin Le Mans Cup, VLN and Britcar as well as taking part in the ‘Race at Home Challenge’ for Formula E. This move saw her make history as the first-ever trans driver to be associated with Formula E.
Growing up, Charlie always knew her real identity but struggled with gender and sexuality issues. When she was just seven years old, she came out to her family as transgender saying she was influenced by the iconic trans model Caroline Cossey. At her diversity and inclusion speaking events, she can highlight these experiences advocating for equality across both motorsports and in society generally. Charlie continues to combine her racing with her activism stating she “wants to share her story with everyone.” Away from the track, she has her own YouTube channel, Girls For All Seasons, where she regularly promotes trans and LGBT issues.
When booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker you are hiring a true trailblazer. Charlie can inspire audiences everywhere she goes with her powerful dedication to normalise transgender representation.
“I thought the session was fantastic and very inspirational, a great story of being your authentic self and not only overcoming challenges but flourishing”
“Charlie was an inspirational speaker – our students hung on to her every word. She was assured, eloquent and talked passionately about her journey. Charlie made a huge impression on our staff and students”
“We’ve received some amazing and highly positive feedback, Engagement across the business was 96% for #ASOSFOL, which we wouldn’t have been able to achieve without you being part of it”
“Just wanted to say a huge thanks to you for helping organise our event with Charlie yesterday. She was a total delight and her talk was really spot on. The reaction/ feedback internally has been really positive so please pass on my thanks to her again. Hopefully we can have her involved in our campaigns again”
“I wanted to say thank you for the excellent talk. The feedback received has been extremely positive and has shone a positive light on trans awareness”
“We really appreciate the time she took out of her day to come to speak to our Axon employee base. We had an incredible showing for today’s event, and we’ve received amazing feedback on how fantastic, enlightening and impactful her talk was. I personally am in awe of Charlie and find her so inspiring. Thanks so much for your partnership in putting this event together, and we look forward to future opportunities to partner as well!”