Considered to be the UK’s LGBT+ power couple, Jake and Hannah Graf are champions of transgender equality and representation. With Jake redefining the film industry and Hannah serving as one of the highest-ranking transgender soldiers in the British Army, they are each rewriting the rule book for gender, love and identity. When booked for events, the married couple opens the audience’s eyes to their role in the fight for equality and the power of diversity.
Jake transitioned in 2008. The film director, actor and writer now uses his art to draw attention to transgender experiences, and increase representation of the LGBT+ community. He has starred in The Danish Girl, Colette and Headspace, which was a viral hit. As a writer and director, he created XWHY, which was recognised at international film festivals, Chance, Dawn and Dusk. Jake’s films are vehicles for positive change, as he shines the spotlight on underrepresented stories. From television pilots to the feature film Lavender, he continues to produce inspiring, powerful films.
After coming out in 2015, Hannah became one of the highest-ranking transgender soldiers in the British Army. She worked closely with the military to improve inclusivity, as part of their Army LGBT Forum and advisor to Senior Army commanders. Hannah’s influence has transformed the British Army and turned the cis-gender soldier stereotype on its head. She is also a pioneer of female empowerment and believes that women should not be limited professionally to “feminine” job roles.
Hannah and Jake have received several awards for their defining impact on society, with Jack listed on The Guardian’s Power List and Hannah receiving an MBE for her services to equality. Since meeting in 2015, the pair quickly fell in love and Jake proposed in 2017, they married in 2018 and they had their first child by surrogate in 2020. Hannah and Jake are both patrons of the Mermaids charity and have been named the UK’s Most Influential Transgender Couple of the Year.
When Hannah and Jake are booked for events, they educate cis-gender audiences, teaching them the “dos and don’ts” of transgender relationships. From the correct pronouns to the terms to avoid, they teach guests how to be allies to the LGBT+ community. For transgender audiences, Hannah and Jake empower people to live their true selves and be confident in their identity. The pair use their powerful story of love over hate to champion equality.
“Not only are Jake and Hannah charismatic, passionate, and informed speakers, but Jake’s films generated a lot of important discussion and questions from our audience. Their honesty around transition and candid answers to questions was endearing, and we have had only positive feedback from our event. Jake and Hannah were a pleasure to work with – happy to adapt to whatever style of speech we wanted them to deliver, and their charity work brought a lot of new faces to our company”
“I just wanted to thank you again so much for your work organising the event with the Army last night. It is up there as my favourite D&I event yet. Super informative and left us all with proper practical tips for addressing this complex area. Very timely with the announcements yesterday re the new head of the Army and UK Armed Services (both of whom, from what I hear, have been major drivers behind the Army’s significant advance in the area of D&I).”
“We recently booked Jake and Hannah to speak as our keynote address at a large-scale InterComms LGBT+ Network event and we can safely say they were an incredible opener to our panel discussion ‘Why just the G in LGBT? Let’s start with the LBT’. Their story was personal, inspiring, touching and delivered with aplomb to an extremely engaged audience. They also got involved with the panel debate afterwards, delivering well-thought out and balanced answers to our attendees’ questions. Jake and Hannah are consummate professionals, and incredible ambassadors for the Trans and LGBT+ communities.”