Paris Lees Biography
Paris Lees is an English journalist, presenter, and transgender rights, activist. Lees topped the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List, came second in the 2014 Rainbow List, and was awarded the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT in the 2012 National Diversity Awards. She is the first trans columnist at Vogue and was the first trans woman to present shows on BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4.
Paris Lees Age
Paris’s LeesDetails about age or date of birth are not known. She likes to keep her personal matters away from the public eye making it difficult to know her age.
Paris Lees Net Worth
She has an approximated net worth of $ 16 million U.S dollars. Credits her successful career for helping her accumulate such a net worth. There are no details about cars and houses available.
Paris Lees Husband | Trans Woman
She has publicly identified herself as a bisexual trans woman and as a feminist. Lees has written about how in the early days of her gender transition she received abuse for not passing as female. In response to the announced gender transition of Chelsea Manning, Lees revealed that as a teenager and before her transition, she had gone to prison for robbery.
Lees—who then was living as an effeminate gay male—said of the experience that “looking like a girly boy in an institute full of rough lads wasn’t a barrel of laughs”, but that prison was less violent than school was because other prisoners were more disposed to harm themselves than others. After her release from prison and being turned down for a part-time job answering phones, Lees described having an epiphany:
“When I realized I would like to change society, not myself, all these good things have come into my life”. She subsequently received a referral to Charing Cross Hospital’s gender identity clinic and met her boyfriend shortly after beginning hormone replacement therapy. In 2018 she became the first openly transgender woman featured in British Vogue. She later became a columnist with British Vogue in November 2018. She was also the first openly transgender presenter on Radio 1 and Channel 4.
Paris Lees Journalism and presenting
Lees founded the first British magazine aimed at the trans community, META, and was the acting assistant editor of Gay Times. She also has columns in both Gay Times and Diva and was the first trans cover girl for Diva. Lees has also written for mainstream newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and Vice, as well as for Channel 4 News. Lees has worked as a presenter for television and radio, being the first trans woman presenter on both BBC Radio 1 and Channel.
On Radio 1, she produced a documentary entitled “The Hate Debate” for BBC Radio 1’s Stories in which the attitudes people have to minority groups were considered, along with racism, homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia. Critics praising Lees for doing “a fine job of provoking her listeners” and for seeming “genuinely interested in the opinions of the young people she interviewed”. “The Hate Debate” was followed up with a second documentary in the same slot, “My Transgender Punk Rock Story”, interviewing transgender rock star Laura Jane Grace and introducing the teenage audience to trans concepts of identity both within and outside of the binary. She also presented the episode “Trans” of Channel 4’s The Shooting Gallery.
On 25 October 2013, Lees took part as a panelist in the BBC’s 100 Women event. On 31 October 2013 Lees became the first openly, transgender panelist, to appear on the BBC’s Question Time program, drawing praise from commentators who included former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and the Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman. In 2018, Lees was appointed as Vogue Magazine’s first transgender columns
Paris Lees Activist
Lees, working with Trans Media Watch, challenged Channel 4 to remove transphobic material from its broadcasts, and consulted with the channel for its documentary My Transsexual Summer. She has worked with a number of media outlets to provide guidance on covering transgender people; in its 2013 Pink List award coverage, The Independent on Sunday said: “It was noted by our judges that the Daily Mail’s coverage of trans issues has improved noticeably since she had lunch with its managing editor”.
Paris Lees Twitter
Trans kids massively benefit from being allowed to transition. A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry shows allowing trans kids to transition virtually eliminates higher rates of depression and low self-worth. https://t.co/bC1HCorW6p
— Paris Lees (@parislees) February 22, 2018