Stephanie knew two things growing up, she wasn’t a boy and she wanted to work in radio. Having reached a career high, presenting the biggest out of London breakfast show in the UK, Stephanie found herself needing to address the unhappiness still having to live as a man.
’Authenticity is important in radio’, and as Simon, Stephanie would share most elements of her life, apart from the huge part of her life she had always hidden away.
Referring playfully to the process as ‘the lady garden installation’, Stephanie feels there are highs and lows of being a women. She gets treated differently and even feels differently herself. The biggest laugh of the session came as Stephanie shared her excitement getting to lose her virginity all over again.
The freedom of being able to exist in her new and real self, paired with being back on air, means she’s now the happiest she’s ever been. ‘If I can grow tits in public , then you can have a little more courage’
'Authenticity is one of the most important things in radio' says @StephanieHirst at #RDE17 pic.twitter.com/5vPPqsvIyD
— Radiodays Europe (@RadiodaysEurope) March 20, 2017
Three things we learnt from Stephanie Hirst at #RDE16: 1) Stephanie knew two things growing up, she wasn’t a boy and she wanted to work in radio 2) Stephanie does not hide anything on air 3) The freedom of being able to exist in her new and real self, paired with being back on air, means Stephanie's now the happiest she’s ever been . . . . . . . . . #RDE17 #RadiodaysEurope #Trans #Transgender #Broadcasting