One of the UK’s most famous LGBT role models, Paris Lees made history when she became the first-ever trans columnist for Vogue magazine. From here she has continued to push boundaries championing transgender rights in society. Paris has also become the first-ever trans woman to appear on BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4 and has used her platform to support LGBT acceptance. In her capacity as a diversity and inclusion speaker, Paris regularly shares her experiences as a trans woman with audiences, inspiring people to be themselves and live authentically.
A highly successful journalist over the years Paris has had articles published in the likes of The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Vice. Her work on BBC Radio 1 saw her produce the documentary The Hate Debate which looks at attitudes to minority groups and discrimination they often face. As well as this she has been acknowledged as one of the most influential LGBT personalities in the country having topped The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List and winning the ‘Positive Role Model Award’ at the National Diversity Awards in 2012.
Growing up Paris identified as a gay man but had something of an epiphany when she was sent to prison at just 18 years old. Realising that she was a trans woman, after leaving prison Paris left her home in Nottingham and headed to Brighton for gender transition surgery. During speaking events, Paris is able to explain her experiences with gender and sexuality and how it’s shaped her life. Sharing such an open and honest account of her personal journey ensures she is relatable and approachable to audiences.
Most recently Paris has focused on activism and has appeared on the likes of Question Time championing equality and inclusion. When booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker Paris is one of the most engaging and charismatic personalities on the circuit whose first-hand insights act as an educational tool for corporate clients in improving their inclusion culture and support of LGBT+ employees.
“Many thanks for all your assistance over the past few weeks, we’ve had a load of positive comments back from folks already.”
“Paris really resonated with our audience and she spoke so eloquently and honestly. She held the room spellbound. Her talk generated lots of questions in the room and she responded to each question in a truly professional manner and was very willing to share her insights.”
“We were delighted to have Paris Lees join us at our NHS Diversity & Inclusion event to deliver the keynote speech. Paris shared her experiences in a very raw and honest way which was eye-opening for delegates in attendance but also very inspirational. Delegates were not short of questions when Paris opened the room up to Q&A and we want to thank her for sharing her story with us. Paris really helped bring in some perspective of why we are wanting to make a positive change for D&I in the NHS!”
“Paris was so amazing! Friendly, engaging- everything! The event went even better than I anticipated. Thank you so much for your help and please send all of my thanks to Paris as well. I’ve already spent the last hour talking to employees who reached out to tell me how much they loved her and the event”