Paris Lees


A famous British presenter, journalist and transgender rights activist, Paris Lees has become a role model within the LGBT community. Having founded META, the first magazine focussing on the trans community she has gone on to take up roles as the assistant editor of the Gay Times and became the first trans cover girl for Diva.

Her authority within the industry has seen her become the first in a number of areas. As a presenter, she became the first transwoman to present on BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4. She was the first openly transgender panellist on BBC‘s Question Time, prompting praise from John Prescott and Harriet Harman.

She also produced The Hate Debate on BBC Radio 1’s Stories which weighed in on homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and racism. Her role in the critically-acclaimed show earned her rave reviews. She was praised for showing a real interest in the subjects of her interviews.

As an activist, Paris’ commitment to awareness in trans and LGBT affairs has seen her become one of the most influential figures in those communities in the UK. In 2012 she was awarded the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards. She topped The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List in 2013 to cement her role as an inspirational person in broadcast and politics.

By 2014, Paris played a friend of the transgender character, Blessing Chambers in Hollyoaks and in 2018 she became the first openly transgender woman to feature in Vogue magazine. As a keynote speaker, campaigner and host, Paris is ideal for private and corporate events alike. As a knowledgeable and passionate spokesperson, few are more engaging in the area of LGBT and activism than Paris Lees.

To book Paris Lees to make a personal appearance at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

“Paris really resonated with our audience and she spoke so eloquently and honestly. She held the room spellbound. Her talk generated lots of questions in the room and she responded to each question in a truly professional manner and was very willing to share her insights.” – OliviaRoyal College of Nursing

“Last night was such a success and Paris was absolutely fantastic. We have had so much positive feedback and Paris’ talk was incredibly powerful and resonated with everyone in the room.” – Candice Eversheds Sutherland

“We were delighted to have Paris Lees join us at our NHS Diversity & Inclusion event to deliver the keynote speech. Paris shared her experiences in a very raw and honest way which was eye-opening for delegates in attendance but also very inspirational. Delegates were not short of questions when Paris opened the room up to Q&A and we want to thank her for sharing her story with us. Paris really helped bring in some perspective of why we are wanting to make a positive change for D&I in the NHS!”-Grace, HMFA