Why We Started It

Uk Trans Awards is an annual event started to celebrate, appreciate, support, love, and praise the incredible work done by transgender, nonbinary, allies, and gender nonconforming heroes in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Empowering our local and International warriors by celebrating their achievements is very important in our battle for acceptance, visibility and inclusion.
We still have huge misconceptions and hostility against transgender people all around the world which stems from fear and lack of education on what it means to be transgender and nonbinary.
Fierce trans advocates have fought and continue to fight for legal, and social recognition of transgender people all around the world. We are unapologetically and legitimately taking up spaces which were in the past denied us due to oppression and discrimination.

Transgender people in 1921, Berlin, Germany. In front of The Institute For Sexual Science. During the first International Congress For Sex Reform On The Basis Of Sexology.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TRANS LIBERATION

The German physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, who in 1897 founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, the first LGBT organisation in the world to campaign for social recognition of gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, and against their legal persecution.

Hirschfeld was a pioneering advocate of transgender rights. He hired transgender people as his staff members in his Institute for Sexology in Berlin, which played a pivotal role in promoting endocrinological and surgical services for transgender people. The first modern bottom surgeries were carried out in collaboration with Hirschfeld and his medical staff in the early 1930s.

Christine Jorgensen

In 1950s,Christine Jorgensen came out as trans with huge visibility for the community and the transgender related medical procedures. She became an international sensation and brought transgender issues to worldwide media attention.

Roberta Cowell, Britain’s first known trans woman who was a racing driver and World War veteran, she also began her journey in womanhood in 1950s like Christine.

‘It’s easier to change a body than to change a mind’

“what I knew deep down inside me though not consciously: my nature was essentially feminine and in some way my world was out of joint”. Months of psychoanalysis and tests confirmed that “my unconscious mind was predominantly female”.She became a close friend of Michael Dillon, a British trans man and physician who was the first trans male to get a phalloplasty.

Roberta Cowell
Michael Dillon

Always identifying as masculine, Michael Dillon began his journey into manhood in 1940 and succeeded in getting the birth marker his birth certificate changed to male in 1944. The next nine years, Dillon had genital reconstruction surgery carried out by the leading plastic surgeon Sir Harold Gillies at his hospital. Dillon, a trained doctor was worried about being outed, he worked as a ship’s surgeon for several years, before being outed by the Sunday Express in 1958.

Then we have our current tireless campaigner and queen, April Ashley, MBE. She was outed by Sunday Newspaper in 1961 by a friend.
Albert Einstein once said she should be Madame Butterfly with her thick long lashes, which got her the nickname ‘Eyelashes’.
The decade that follows saw April married to an aristocrat which later resulted in an annulment due to lack of gender recognition act and prejudice of the time.
Ashley was honoured by the Queen as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 for services to transgender equality.

April Ashley, MBE
Sylvia Rivera

In San Francisco in 1966 Brought us the Compton’s riots, where trans sex workers in
Tenderloin neighbourhood rioted against police harassment at a popular all-night
restaurant, Compton’s Cafeteria.

Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. (for “Pay It No Mind”), trans veterans of the Stonewall Riots, and founders of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries in 1970. That same year, New York gay drag activist Lee Brewster and heterosexual transvestite Bunny Eisenhower founded the Queens Liberation Front, and Brewster began publishing Queens, one of the more political transgender publications
of the 1970s.

In 1975, Lou Sullivan came out as a trans man. He was an American author and activist who was the first transgender man to publicly identify as gay transgender man. By doing so, he publicly educated people on the distinction between of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Then we had our most recent transgender tipping point era, with Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Caitlin Jenner, Pose, Sense 8 and so many more talented trans people in media doing amazing things for trans visibility and inclusion

Marsha P. Johnson
LOU Sullivan
Lou Sull was an American author and activist known for his work on behalf of trans men. He was perhaps the first transgender man to publicly identify as gay, and is largely responsible for the modern understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity as distinct, unrelated concepts.