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Charlie Craggs

Trans activist and founder of Nail Transphobia

Charlie's campaign aims to change people’s attitudes towards transgender people through a form of gentle activism. She is fighting transphobia by taking her pop up nail salon to festivals, galleries and museums around the country and giving customers the chance to speak directly to a trans person.

Charlie grew up on a council estate. Due to high levels of violence against transgender people she doesn’t feel safe clubbing, preferring to spend time at friends’ drinking wine and eating food. She is currently single and would like to start dating soon.

Charlie was ranked #1 on the Observer's 2016 New Radicals list, a list of radical social innovators in Britain, and was also named one of the most influential and inspirational LGBT people in the UK by both the Guardian and the Independent on the Rainbow List and Pride Power List.

Why I Wrote The Book I Wish I Had At The Start Of My Transition

Those early days were really tough- I didn't know any other trans people when I first began transitioning back in 2013, so I didn't have a big sister figure in my life to do what a big sister is supposed to do: help me with my make-up, give me dating advice, teach me how be a strong woman. This is the case for most trans people. Transition is hard enough, but it's harder when you have go through it alone.
26/10/2017 16:37 BST

Embracing The Press And Social Media Doesn't Make Me Any Less Of A 'Proper' Activist

<img alt="new activists" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5516556/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> It's stupid to think that using press or social media as a tool for your activism makes you any less of a 'proper' activist, it's 2017 sweetie, this is the world we live in. The world literally revolves around the media, the internet and social media and it's naivie to think that the only way to create change is to shout in the streets.
19/10/2017 09:34 BST

How I'm Tackling Transphobia, One Manicure At A Time

<img alt="new activists" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5516556/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> I began my campaign as I began my transition, about four years now, and I basically travel around the UK to galleries, museums, festivals, universities and colleges (whoever will have me) and offer the public free manicures for the chance to sit and have a chat with a trans person. They can ask me any questions they have about trans stuff and I can teach them how to be an ally and that, but the most important part of the interaction for me is just having a chat, because what I'm really trying to do is humanise the issue a bit and break down people's misconceptions by showing that trans people are pretty normal (and pretty nice too to be honest).
25/09/2017 08:58 BST

How I'm Fighting Transphobia By Doing People's Nails

I use nails as my catalyst for change because doing someone's nails is such an intimate interaction, I get to touch people, not just physically - as in touching their hands, but touch them on a deeper level too. As a result hopefully they'll go away with more than just a manicure, they'll go away with a new perspective - they'll go away an ally.
15/12/2015 08:17 GMT