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About Me

Sarah speaking at Magdalen College in Oxford

My name is Sarah Stephenson-Hunter and I’m a totally blind woman with a trans history.

I’ve spent the past 20+ years working with and advocating for the needs of people with a range of physical, sensory and mental health issues as well as those with long-term medical conditions.


I came out as trans in 2013 and since then have been a passionate advocate, campaigner, trainer and speaker on the everyday issues faced by trans people in all walks of life.

I’ve made a conscious decision to be as open and honest as I can be about my own experiences of being disabled and LGBT+ and I hope that by doing so I can go some way to breaking down barriers that still exist for people in either or both communities.

I have considerable experience of working within the Higher Education sector having worked at Nottingham Trent University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Nottingham and currently the University of Oxford. 

I have also delivered training and consultancy for many other
public and private organisations such as:


  • Nottinghamshire County and City Council.

  • Nottinghamshire Police.

  • Oxfordshire County Council.

  • Boots Walgreen Alliance.

  • Zurich insurance.

  • the Wellcome Trust.

  • the law Society.

  • Norton Rose Fulbright Law Firm.

  • RPC Law Firm.

  • Leigh Day Law Firm.

I was named the Stonewall LGBT Role model of the Year (East Midlands) in 2018 and have spoken at their Annual European Workplace Conference on 2 occasions.

Sarah speaking at an event, sat with other speakers

I am a University of Oxford LGBT+ role model and have been a trustee of a number of community led disability and LGBT+ organisations such as My Sight Nottinghamshire, Notss Trans Hub and Transactual.


Being disabled and LGBT+ has its many challenges and my aim is to share what I’ve learned personally and professionally through my journey thus far.  I don’t claim to have all the answers, all of us are unique in our own individual circumstances, but by sharing the lessons I’ve learned and am still learning I hope to improve awareness of the real life issues that are faced by disabled and LGBT+ people today.

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