DLD College London students race towards inclusivity

250 students heard from transgender racing driver, Charlie Martin, about the challenges she has faced since her transition

To celebrate LGBT History Month, 250 students at DLD College London were given an “eye-opening” talk by transgender racing driver, Charlie Martin.

Martin, who is also an ambassador for inclusivity in sport for Stonewall, visited the Lambeth-based college, where she delivered an honest and powerful talk about what it takes to succeed in sport. Charlie shared with the DLD cohort the challenges that she has to face – in both her life and career – as a result of her gender transition in such a traditionally male-dominated world as motorsports.

The speaker is now a successful GT driver, well respected by the media and fellow competitors. With various wins and podium finishes in international racing events already under her belt, Charlie is now preparing to become the first transgender woman to compete at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Director of studies at DLD, Gareth Evans, said: “Whilst Charlie continues to work hard to make history, we will support some of the most poignant messages she gave to our students: that being free to be whoever you want to be, and being free to be with whoever you want to be with, is nothing less than a pretty basic human right.

“Promoting inclusivity is key in our college community; as part of the student voice we have DLD Pride, a support group for LGBT+ students and supporters within the college. Discussions at DLD Pride meetings have enabled change at DLD; for example, an alteration to policy, representation around the college, and a change in facilities for LGBT+ students.”

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