Paris Lee, The first trans writer for Vogue UK – Profile

Author and campaigner Paris Lees is the first trans individual to wind up a normal feature writer in Vogue’s 125-year history. The column titled with The Life Changing Power Of … will run fortnightly in British Vogue and Focus on her millennial life as a woman living in London. Lees said thanks to editorial manager Edward Enninful for “the new life he’s breathing into this iconic brand”.

Paris Lees started her profession writing articles, essays and columns for LGBT publications, such as, Gay Times and Diva, and has proceeded to write for mainstream titles, such as, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.


Not long ago, she also turned into the first openly trans individual to be included in British Vogue. She showed up in the magazine’s February issue in a spread called Meet the New Suffragettes, to mark 100 years since women won the privilege to cast a ballot.

At the time, she said she felt like the trans community had been under “consistent assault in England in the course of recent years” and growing up, she rarely observed trans people in public life unless they were “objects of ridicule”. “she expresses gratitude toward God that it is now transforming.”. “Despite everything, we have far to go, before we achieve equality and it’s imperative we battle for all women.”

The annual Pink List named Paris Lees as the most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender figure in the UK. But her rise from being a “silly teenage boy in a prison cell,” has been far from simple.

Paris is recounting an awards ceremony she attended the night before. “I was shocked, my God, every one of these people know me now,” she says.

“It was like a sit-down dinner thing and I was at the top table with Ed Miliband and everything.

“Cher was there. I felt fortunate just to be in the room.”

The gathering – facilitated by leading gay magazine Attitude – may have been exciting however Paris was welcomed in view of her work as a writer, broadcaster and activist. With the organization All About Trans she is strongly changing media portrayal of transgender people such as herself. She is making a mainstream audience aware of trans issues on Radio 1 and Channel 4 as a first transgender presenter.

Paris presented an accumulation of films about transgender people for Channel 4, turning into the channel’s first transgender presenter. She presented The Hate Debate, a show about biases for Radio 1, becoming that station’s first transgender presenter. Paris was the first transgender woman to show up on the front of DIVA, a magazine for lesbian and bisexual women. She also turned into the first transgender judge for The Independent on Sunday’s Annual Pink List in 2011 and came back to the judging panel the following year. She has recently worked with the Gender Trust and Trans Media Watch, and as of now works with All About Trans.

She challenged Jonathan Ross over a transgender joke he made and enchanted him into giving a video interview.

Meta magazine editor Lees was put first, with Balding and human rights champion Tatchell coming joint second. It comes as singer Will Youthful says more should be done to end homophobic language among school students. The Independent received nominations from more than 1,300 of its readers with the paper whittling thousands of nominees down to 101.

A board of judges including activist, blogger and poet Christine burns, Diva magazine publisher Kim Watson and Independent on Sunday staff at that point decided on the final list.

Coordinators said campaigners had been put profoundly – following a year in which same-sex couples won the privilege to get married in England and Wales.

Ruth Hunt, deputy head of gay rights charity Stonewall, who campaigned for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, is in fifth place. The bill, which made political and religious divides, received Royal Assent on 17th July.

Benjamin Cohen, Mike Buonaiuto and James J Walsh, the makers of the Out4Marriage media campaign which supported a change in the law, are placed at number seven in the list. They are trailed by activist and Miss England entrant, Jackie Green, and the head of UK Black Pride, Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah.


Last year’s winner, London 2012 Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams is in fourth place. In the mean time, an international Pink List includes Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz, US fashion designer Tom Ford, and Chelsea Manning (once in the past Bradley Manning) – the US officer convicted of giving classified documents to the website, Wikileaks.

Independent on Sunday editor Lisa Markwell stated: “The Pink List has evolved to become up an authoritative celebration of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all through the country.

“Every year, consistently it creates a colossal amount of positive feedback and incredible stories of courage and bravery.”

Writing in the news paper, Will Young said he had become aware of concern about language utilized by school students – including the utilization of “gay” as an insult – after participated in an education conference organized by Stonewall.

“Through the different seminars I attended I grabbed one recurring theme: teachers and heads of schools were more than often not backed up by local authorities when it came to homophobic language,” he said.

Young added that that he had disagreed with Education Secretary Michael Gove whose “response, I was pleased to say, was attentive and encouraging”.

The columnist is also the first trans woman to introduce on BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4, where she created documentaries focusing on identity and prejudices looked by other minority communities.

Paris Lee is also the first out trans individual to show up on BBC Question Time, and has been applauded by I-D magazine and Dazed for her work to combat bullying, harassing and champion equality.

Lees is exceptionally active on social media and with about 80,000 followers, and in 2013 she beat The Independent’s Pink List as the most influential LGBT figure in the UK.

The appointment comes a week after British Vogue unveiled their campaign “We Won’t Be Eradicated.”