I could not be more proud of each and every person who signed my petition and made this possible. The first step in tackling a problem is identifying it, and that is what this petition is about: We have officially defined and identified transphobia. It's not about accepting that transphobia takes place, but about identifying that there is a problem and tackling it.
It sounds strange to most people, but there are people out there who are seriously into their politics. I count myself as one of them. I cannot fail to be intrigued by the gladiatorial battles of the British political system. From the latest parliamentary skirmishes over the dispatch box to the clashes in the committee rooms over the fine points of legislation, I am hooked.
On average, two campaigns a week win on Change.org in the UK - most of them powered by incredible stories of how big, structural issues impact on peoples daily lives. What they have in common is that one person wanted to change something so much that they told their story and built a movement around it. In doing so they shifted how power works: from the top down to the bottom up and have often sparked a much wider debate on the bigger issue around their campaign.
The Jamaican Mary Seacole became an heroine when she travelled over 4,000 miles to nurse and attend sick British soldiers in the Crimea during the Crimean War. During her life her exploits were revered, by royalty, the military elite and thousands of ordinary citizens. More than 100 years later, tens of thousands of school children view Seacole as a wonderful role model.
Credibility is fundamental to campaigning organisations. People need to trust you in order to back your campaign and - crucially - tell someone else about it. They want to know you are speaking out and standing up for what you believe in. But you also need to have some access to those in power if you are to get them to listen to you and secure change.
Signing a petition is not a silver bullet for challenging those in power. But building movements of people is certainly a huge part of it. And what's even more important at a time when people are almost entirely sceptical of politics and politicians, is that it's putting power in the hands of the people - and that's what real change is all about.