Nail Transphobia tackles transphobia through nail art
it’s fabulous activism!
I travel around the UK with my pop up nail salon and strangers can come and get their nails done for free.
This gives me a chance to sit down with a person who has usually never met a trans person before yet probably has a lot of misconceptions about us, and bond with them while I paint their nails- they can ask me questions about trans stuff and I can teach them how to be an ally but the most important part of the interaction for me is just having a laugh and a chat because what I’m really trying to do with my campaign is humanise the issue and show that trans people are just normal (actually pretty nice) people. I’m trying to change hearts and minds a nail at a time, so that people go away with more than just a manicure- they go away an ally.
Since setting up the campaign in 2013 I have travelled around the UK nailing transphobia everywhere, from prestigious institutions like the V&A and the Science Museum, to festivals like Gay Pride London and Fringe! and have collaborated on events with brands and organisations like Lush, Change.org, Beyond Retro, Somerset House, Gendered Intelligence, Open Barbers and Polyester Magazine. I have been ranked one of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK on both The Independent’s annual Rainbow List and inThe Guardian’s Pride Power List, for my work with Nail Transphobia. I also recently ranked number 1 onThe Observer’s New Radicals list, “a list of the UK’s most radical social innovators changing the UK for the better”.
I’m also a public speaker and have been invited to talk about trans issues at the Houses of Parliament, on the news (BBC, ITV and SKY) and at universities, colleges and schools across the country. I have also spoken on panels at events for The Guardian, Broadly Magazine (VICE), the Victoria & Albert Museum, Change.org, Stonewall, Pride London 2016, ASOS, LUSH, Ofcom, Art Against Knives, Polyester Magazine, Student Pride, Sparkle/The LGBT Foundation. I also write about trans issues as a regular contributor for Teen Vogue, The Debrief and the Huffington Post, and I am the Editor of Pigeons & Peacocks magazine.