Kate O'Donnell is one of the UK's most exciting and dynamic trans performers and activists. Her autobiographical show "Big Girl's Blouse" has been touring for the last year, winning awards along the way (Brighton Fringe Best LGBTQ Show) and she will soon be celebrating with two homecoming nights on 13 and 14 May at the Contact Theatre in Manchester.
Kate's year has been pretty phenomenal. Her innovative work to increase trans visibility was given a Special Achievement Award by Manchester City Council at the Be Proud Awards in December 2015, soon followed by the LGBT Role Model of the Year at the LGBT Foundation Heroes awards in January this year.
As well as working on promoting trans inclusivity and positivity in the arts through her #StandByYourTrans campaign, Kate has hosted the UK's first Trans Pride, contributed to many festivals including Queer Contact and Wonder Women in Manchester and the Women of the World Festival in London. Kate works closely with key organisations such as Gendered Intelligence, Mermaids charity which supports trans children and their families, and Born, a trans style consultancy based in Manchester.
In July 2015, we approached Kate and asked her to become Patron of Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus, to which she accepted readily saying "The MLGC adopted me with all their hearts and it's a honour to be part of what they do...they are my fabulous allies as I am theirs".