6 Facts About Paris Lees

1. On 11 August 2014, Paris Lees was supposed to be on air with BBC Newsnight recording to talk about the impact of Kellie Maloney coming out as a trans woman.

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2. In November 2014, Paris Lees appeared in Hollyoaks, playing herself, and a friend of transgender character Blessing Chambers.

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3. In 2013, Paris Lees topped The Independent on Sunday's Pink List, naming her as the most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender figure in the UK; she was a judge for that award in 2011 and 2012.

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4. On 31 October 2013 Paris Lees became the first openly transgender panellist to appear on the BBC's Question Time programme, drawing praise from commentators who included former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and the Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman.

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5. On 25 October 2013, Paris Lees took part as a panellist in the BBC's 100 Women event.

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6. While in prison Paris Lees decided to change: "I just thought, 'I'm this silly teenage boy in a prison cell who has made a huge mistake and I want to be this happy person'".

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