This weekend, dozens of women will compete for the Miss Transgender UK crown.
For the first time on Sunday, London will host Miss Transgender UK, a pageant for transgender women. The competition, which will take place at EGG Nightclub in north London, is the brainchild of Rachael Bailey, a head chef and hospitality supervisor in Cardiff.
“Isn’t it about time we were noticed and accepted?” she wrote on the event website. “It’s up to us to show the UK that we’re here. We work, live and function as part of society, and as women together we will bring the UK in line with Europe for acceptance and equality for all…We need to see an end to living a life crushed by stealth”.
The pageant had five different heats across the UK, and the winners from each will be competing for the ultimate title of Ms Transgender UK. Each contest consisted of three parts: a question-and-answer session, a talent showcase and a formalwear catwalk.
Here, we meet Natasha Scott, who is entering the competition in Brighton.
She recently returned to university after a career in the civil service, following a breakdown before starting her transition from male to female. She was apprehensive about competing, but eventually entered because the event is not based on looks, but rather, who would be a good role model.
“This isn’t about me. This is about the community. I hate the thought of future generations going through those feelings that I’ve had to endure,” she says.
“We all know and have experienced the sense of isolation, which so, so many people within the trans community have felt,” she said during the competition.
“What I really love about tonight is not just about raising the awareness, but it’s actually celebrating our community...and it’s one that I love being in.”
Landmark LGBT TV moments
Landmark LGBT TV moments
1/9 EastEnders gay kiss - 1989
EastEnders becomes the first British soap to screen a kiss between two gay men. The Sun branded the landmark kiss between Colin and Guido as a “ love scene between yuppie poofs”.
2/9 Orange is the New Black – 2013
The Netflix series features lesbian and bisexual women of different colours and sizes, but its greatest accomplishment is the honest portrayal of its transgender character, Sophia Burset (played by Laverne Cox).
3/9 Brookside lesbian kiss - 1994
Brookside followed suit as the first to screen a lesbian kiss when Beth and Margaret shared a passionate embrace.
4/9 Lesbian lead on US TV - 1997
US TV gets its first ever lesbian lead, as Ellen Morgan (played by Ellen DeGeneres) came out in a special two-part episode of ABC's Ellen.
5/9 Primetime TV gets gay characters - 1998
Will & Grace debuts on NBC as one of the first primetime US series to feature lead gay characters. Actors Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes played Will and Jack on the successful show that ran for eight seasons.
6/9 First lesbian drama series - 2004
Television gets its first predominantly lesbian dramatic series in Showtime's The L Word.
7/9 Glee - 2009
Glee is the television show with the most number of regular and recurring homosexual characters, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Glee has won four Golden Globes, including a supporting actor nod for Chris Colfer—who played bullied open gay character Kurt Hummel.
8/9 Modern Family – 2009
The Emma-winning and progressive ABC series features an interracial and extended family along with leading gay characters Cam and Mitchell as the adored married couple.
9/9 E4's Cucumber, Banana and Tofu – 2015
Russell T Davies' recent trio of programmes bring a sensitive and serious yet funny portrayal of contemporary queer life with gay and lesbian lead characters—Henry and Scotty.
In addition to the title, the finalist on Sunday night will go home with £5,000 and a voucher for full gender correction surgery. But according to Bailey, the entire community comes out on top, as some proceeds from all events will be donated to several LGBT charities.Reuse content