Meet your 2017-18 Trans Officer

Thursday 10-08-2017 - 09:05

As NUS’ first Trans Officer, Jess’ priorities include campaigning for trans people’s access to healthcare, advocating with and for trans prisoners, and campaigning for trans safe accommodation.

I’m Jess, your national Trans Officer for 2017-18 and the first person to hold the post. I studied Environmental Sciences at Manchester University and Bradford University. I first got involved in activism at Bradford, where I joined the LGBT+ society and got involved in environmental activism.

For a few years I was a general trouble maker in a range of campaigns including anti-deportation, drug decriminalisation and prison abolition. I set up Action for Trans Health in 2014 and the Trans Equality Legal Initiative in 2016 and have been doing trans activism ever since.

The trans campaign is in its very first year and I’ve been busy planning our work to help ensure we have a huge impact. I will be prioritising work around trans people’s access to healthcare, advocating with and for trans prisoners and fighting for a transformative justice system, and I’ll be campaigning on campuses for trans safe accommodation. I’ll also lead research into trans students’ drug use. I am really excited to work with so many of you in the coming months on these campaigns.

Some random things about me include:

Favourite Pizza Topping
Jalapeños (NOT pineapple)

Favourite music
I’m enjoying listening to Her Records at the moment

Ideal holiday destination
Anywhere with good food and sunshine

What do you do in your spare time?
Hang out with my friends’ kids

How do you look after yourself?
Netflix and anti-depressants

What’s  your favourite quote?
“La beauté est dans la rue” (Beauty is in the street)

I am always happy for people to get in touch about anything trans related; trans people in sport, gender neutral toilets, trans representation on campus and anything else you might need support with. You can get in touch with me at and follow me on Twitter here for updates. 



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