Meet our team
Model & Activist, She/Her, Spain
“When I hear that 53% of LGBTQ+ have to hide their identity at work, I feel very sad. We all need to work and I believe that everyone should have the same rights, the same opportunities and the same dignity”
My hair truly reflects how I feel on the inside
I was born in 1991 in Seville and grew up in a small town called Pilas. I am the middle child out of three siblings, I was identified as male at birth and have had to fight for the world around me to identify me as who I am: a woman. I have a deep admiration for my home and I carry Andalusia in my blood.
Carpenter & Professor, SHE/HER, SWEDEN
“My hair was politics. Sometimes people would ask me to tone down my hair”
I worked for 15 years and I never came out
My hair has always been politics and people have asked me to tone it down in the past. Despite this I never thought of my hair as something negative.
My relationship with my hair is good, now. Today, I am embracing my hair, embracing my heritage and the way my hair looks.
Cathy La Torre
Lawyer, THEY/THEM, Italy
“Diversity and inclusion is positive for everyone”
At work I get judged solely because I am lesbian non-binary
I am a lawyer specializing in anti-discrimination law with a particular focus on discrimination based on sexual operation and gender identity, and on LGBTQIA+ community rights. As a lawyer I have hundreds of work stories to share in relation to LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace and they represent both sides; discrimination and (fortunately more and more) acceptance.
Racing Driver and LGBTQ+ Activist, She/Her, United Kingdom
“The racing industry is tough as it is so hard to get anywhere without financial backing from sponsors. So changing my appearance and coming out as transgender was terrifying.”
A big part of my motivation is for everyone to feel that the career or sport that interests them,
is as welcoming to them as it is to everyone else. We each want to succeed as a result of being our true and authentic selves, not in spite of that fact.
I entered motorsport by starting hillclimbing at club level in 2004, without any family history of motorsport. In 2014 I won my first race in France at St-Gouëno, breaking the class record by 2 seconds!
Fashion Designer, He/Him, Spain
“It is important that we give visibility to the whole community so that the new generation can have role models that reflect everyone”
Being able to be your true self is marvelous
Since I was a child I always had long blond hair... but when I was a teenager and as a result of the pressure from the school environment and seeking the approval of the majority I cut it. That was a big mistake.
In those moments, when your personality is not yet formed, and the environment and what is “supposed to be normal” makes you feel insecure, you make the mistake of hiding. For me, cutting my hair was a way to do that. Over the years I realized that my personality and identity were strong enough to be shown through my hair as well. The turning point was the moment I went to study Fashion Design: I found myself in a diverse, non-judgmental, creative and free environment where I could fully express myself. I went back to my long hair and, importantly, my high bun which is a part of my personal brand and a part of me.
Model & Influencer, She/Her, Italy
“For me inclusion is a fundamental thing to make people feel comfortable and that is the world that I want to help create”
Whilst I have never experienced discrimination for my sexual orientation in the workplace, up until now my workplace has mainly been the web and social media and not a physical place such as a company office. What I struggle with though is the fear of saying “my partner” out loud in my daily life to other people because you never know if the person you say it to – a colleague, a guest, a concierge, a receptionist etc – will react. It’s sad that something so normal becomes difficult to say. I have definitely had experiences in hotels getting strange looks when I admit that the room in the hotel is booked for me and my girlfriend as a couple.
Joppe De Campeneere
Content Creator and all-around LGBTQ+ advocate, They/Them, Belgium
“My hair truly is a form of self-expression to me. My hair evolves together with me: as I explore my identity, I explore haircuts, colours and more”
I never had someone that looks like me to look up to. I never had someone that looks like me be successful
I am a content creator at the LGBTQ+ Youth Organization Wel Jong Niet Hetero and an all-round LGBTQ+ Advocate. I focus on everything social media, but I find it important that the work for LGBTQ+ equality goes beyond the digital, into the true, lived experiences of LGBTQ+ (young) people.
Fashion Model, She/Her, Greece
“People around us are beginning to realize that LGBTQ rights are human rights too. We also have people who are standing next to us - parents, partners, friends, dreams, ambitions - everything that every cis straight person may have”.
I would advise all young people out there, to not let others determine anything about their identity, gender expression, appearance and personality. They have to stay true to themselves and to what they feel.
I was very lucky in that I found a supportive family at work
I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, I studied law at Aristotle University and I am a transgender straight woman. I started working professionally in modeling while I was studying. While I have never practiced law my studies have helped me broaden my perspectives and they have also provided me with useful knowledge for my life.
Production plant employee, He/Him, Italy
For a long time, I did not dare to tell my colleagues that I was gay and that I loved to dress up as a drag queen, styling my hair and wearing different kind of wigs to express myself. When my boyfriend and I decided to get married I finally summoned up the courage to come to work dressed up in drag to tell my story. I was positively surprised by the support from my colleagues. Since then, the atmosphere has become more inclusive at my work and more people has had the courage to come out.
I studied as an advertising graphic designer in the 90s, and in 1995 I decided to join Procter & Gamble as an employee in one of our plants in Italy. I started in Plastic Materials Molding Department then moved to Receptionist and internal Store, Quality control and finally I moved to our Blowing department as a production employee.
Singer and Content Creator, He/Him/They/Them, Germany
“My hair has given me a lot of self-confidence and has become a sign of my self-expression - for change, for extravagance, for self-determination!“
No one should ever feel the need to hide their identity
I am very self-determined and want to show that there is not just one image of masculinity. As a teenager I had to decide: do I go the other way so as not to be “the alien” anymore, or do I go my own way? A low voice in my head kept whispering to me: ‘Why not? Do it! ‘. It feels better to be loved for who you are than to be liked by many for not being offensive.
My hair has given me a lot of self-confidence and has become a sign of my self-expression - for change, for extravagance, for self-determination!
Artist & Professor, She/Her, Canada
“Being seen and respected as a transgender teacher has been incredibly healing”
My hair plays a huge role in me telling an ever-evolving story about who I am and who I want to be.
When I started teaching, I knew that I wanted to present myself as authentically as possible. I was nervous because a classroom was a site of trauma to me – having experienced misogyny and homophobia there as a teenager - I was nervous about what this meant for me as a transgender feminine woman of colour. I spoke to my teacher colleagues about how they express their sexuality in the classroom and then decided to just rip the band-aid off.
On the first day, I did a quick intro on myself for students, outlined my pronouns and how I got into academia. I mentioned how important it is for my classroom to reflect a diverse curriculum.
Insights Director, He/Him, Switzerland/Ukraine
“To be open and to come out in the workplace felt incredibly liberating, I felt freedom for the first time”
It’s through hair that I turned from closeted gay into the person that I am today
It’s just not possible to blossom in work if you are not your true self
I love my hair and it is a big part of my identity. When I was a student in my home country Ukraine, I was in a US-sponsored master’s program and I got a scholarship of $100 a month. This was a lot in Ukraine and comparable to an entry level salary at that time.