Our Trans Lives: life, love and Lorraine
We were joined at the University of Readings Flagship LGBT+ event by Jake and Hannah Graf, who discussed everything from their transgender lives through to Lorraine Kelly's sofa!
In 2013 Hannah came out as a transgender woman and became the highest ranking transgender soldier within the British Army. Jake Graf transitioned in 2008, and after a lifetime of searching for positive representations of trans people onscreen, Jake wrote, directed and starred in his first film 'XWHY'.
Jake and Hannah met in December 2015, and knew from their first date that they had a future together. Balancing Hannah's military postings with Jake's London based film career, the pair have learnt to deeply value their time together, their relationship growing stronger as a result. They got engaged in New York in September 2017, Jake proposing on Central Park Lake. A small, intimate wedding took place in London in March 2018, the couple surrounded by family and friends.
They are virtually inseparable: both patrons of the Mermaids charity, Hannah frequently working on Jake's films and media requests for them as a couple are now commonplace. The pair were listed at joint number 10 on this year's Guardian Pride Power List and have become something of an inspiration to the international transgender community, seizing every opportunity to increase acceptance and understanding of the transgender experience.