Breaking Down Barriers for Disabled & LGBTQ+ People
'Sarah was the guest speaker for our firm's inclusion week. She delivered a fantastic key note speech and answered questions from the audience. She told her personal story with honesty and sincerity, captivating the audience. She spoke about her experience of belonging to both the trans and disabled community with and how to be an active ally. Her personal experience combined with her experience of supporting the LGBTQ+ and disabled people in her work means she can offer both personal and organisational insights around inclusion. I would definitely recommend Sarah to any organisation that wants a professional, personable and informative insight into the challenges and positive experiences of Sarah's life'
Freya Lipkin-Connor, D&I and Social Impact Adviser, Stephenson Harwood LLP.
“Sarah hosted WHEN’s first virtual webinar on transgender. We are a network for women working across Higher Education and so this was a really important topic for us and Sarah pitched her talk perfectly. Her openness in relation to her own personal story was really inspiring and peppered with practical tips and advice. She made the audience feel really at ease to ask questions to help us better understand how to be true allies to our transgender colleagues and friends. WHEN are incredibly grateful to Sarah and look forward to welcoming her back in the future.”
Nicola Lee, Head of Strategic Initiatives, WHEN Equality
“Sarah agreed to speak at a colleague event that was held as part of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme. Sharing her experience of being trans and having a visual impairment has helped us all to understand some of the issues that the LGBTQ+ and disabled communities can face. This will be invaluable as we work to improve diversity and accessibility within our own workplace, but also in the services that we provide to those affected by breast cancer.”
Fiona Martin-Taylor, Internal Communication Manager, Breast Cancer Now
“Sarah joined us as the main speaker at an event exploring intersectionality. She was fantastic, bringing the topic to life in a frank, honest and open way. She told her inspirational, personal story warmth and humour, bringing everybody in to the topic. All the event attendees gave fantastic feedback, saying they took away very useful tips on allyship and a better understanding of the challenges and support Sarah has experienced.”
Alison Whittington, Head of Housing, Zurich Municipal
“I recently asked Sarah if she would be able to provide my team with a session framed around her experience of being a Trans woman with a disability. We wanted to highlight this subject and have an opportunity to discuss this as a team. Sarah offered a fascinating and honest insight into this area and gave a personal perspective of this subject area, with opportunity to discuss some of the implications for the people we work with. The team found the discussion invaluable and thought provoking and welcomed the opportunity for open discussion.”
Kate Laybourne, Sensory Impairment Team, Oxfordshire County Council
“Sarah is one of the most inspirational speakers that the college has had. Students hung off her every word, not only is Sarah’s personal journey remarkable, the lessons that students took from it have enabled some of them to come to terms with their own identity and disabilities. It is unusual in a group of 16 year-old's to be able to hear pin drop but that is exactly what happened when Sarah came. I would definitely recommend Sarah to any organisation.”
Louise Knott, Vice Principal at Vision West Nottingham College
“Sarah participated as a guest speaker at a partnership conference in Nottingham on the theme of: ‘Exploring Intersectionality and the Power of Role Models.' Sarah held the audience with her courage and honesty as she shared her story of living with a disability and gender transition. Sarah also agreed to feature on a video of LGBT+ role models to inspire others to be positive in the face of challenges. Sarah is an inspiring role model and speaker."
Karen Moss, Policy & Equality Officer at Nottinghamshire County Council
“Sarah was on the panel at a Law Society/RPC event looking at issues affecting LGBT+ disabled people. As the Chair, I was able to appreciate the effect Sarah’s honest experiences were having on the audience. By telling them with such good humour and in an entertaining manner, she ensured maximum impact.”
Chris Seel, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser, the Law Society