Hannah Graf: Ranks High on Influential LGBT+ List

Captain Hannah Graf, highly decorated former Officer of the British Army and highest-ranking transgender soldier continues to influence and inspire the trans community.

WalesOnline recently ranked Hannah number 4 on its Most Influential LGBT+ list. Hannah topped their list last year and it’s no surprise that she continues to impress.

While serving in the British Army, Captain Graf came out as a transgender woman and became the highest ranking trans soldier within the British Army. As part of the Army LGBT Forum, she became the Army’s Transgender Representative where she had responsibility to advise Senior Army commanders on transgender policy, educate the wider Defense and most importantly, mentor and support the Army’s many transgender soldiers.  

Hannah Graf Photo by Seamus Ryan

Citing the positive effect that openly trans people had on her own transition, Hannah was very keen to become a visible role model for others, in particular showing that transgender women don’t have to be pigeon holed into stereotypically feminine jobs and supports as many charities and events as possible.  In 2015 she became the first Patron of the charity Mermaids and as an active and competitive person, Hannah is an Ambassador for LGBT Sport Cymru (Wales). She has also been a judge for the British LGBT Awards and supports other organizations such as Pride in London, Trans Military and the Being Me charity.

Cardiff-born Hannah made the decision to share her personal story of transition with the UK press, and her story quickly went viral with pick up across the world’s media outlets. She has since conducted frequent TV interviews as a transgender advocate including appearances on Lorraine, The One Show, Good Morning Britain and The Victoria Derbyshire Show.

Since coming out, Hannah has received recognition from the British LGBT Awards, Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, Stonewall, Out in Work 100 Awards and an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University.

A public call in late 2018 suggested that Hannah be cast as the first female James Bond in an upcoming film.

In 2019 Hannah was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List, receiving the award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge in June.

Image source: BBC

The MBE is an order of the British Empire award. It is the third highest ranking Order of the British Empire award. It stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire and is awarded to someone for making a positive impact in their line of work.

Having recently left the Army, Hannah now works for a major financial institution combating fraud.

Voted one half of the most influential LGBT power couple, Hannah and her husband, Jake Graf, are proud spokespeople on trans rights.

The couple are currently working towards starting a family of their own.

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