I’m Ellen, a Northern Irish trans rights consultant, community builder and cat lady. I’m Executive Director of TransgenderNI and an independent human rights consultant. I’ve been campaigning since April 2013 for the rights of trans & non-binary people in Northern Ireland.
I was a public appointment to the UK Government’s first LGBT Advisory Panel from April 2019 to March 2021, and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Northern Ireland Sexual Orientation Strategy as part of the New Decade New Approach Agreement until 31 Dec 2020.
2021 includes completing the writing of my first book, available through Unbound, about my good cat son and human rights.
I led and directed the establishment of the first community centre for trans people and their families in the UK & Ireland, the Belfast Trans Resource Centre, and am working to bring similar venues to more cities.
I am currently a student on a Masters course on International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway.
A major passion of mine is accessible community building, and I’m working to bring welcoming, cohesive and easy-to-access community spaces, projects and activism to LGBTQ and trans communities across Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
I’m an experienced public speaker and am available for certain public speaking gigs worldwide if you get in touch! I work across Northern Ireland, the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally, at all levels of engagement with organisations from small community groups up to groups in the European Parliament and pan-European bodies, and with the Special Procedures of the United Nations.
I’m physically disabled (chronic pain and fatigue condition), neurodivergent and always exhausted. I’ve found room in my life to get involved with disability advocacy communities also, and am particularly interested in the accessibility of community activism and public spaces.
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