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.
Oxfordshire County Council.
Boots Walgreen Alliance.
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.
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.