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Christian Owens is a transgender speaker who uses his own personal journey of discovery to enlighten and inspire individuals and organisations.

Keynote Themes

  • Safe space to discuss terminology – An overview of the ever-changing language to provide you with knowledge and awareness of how to address and talk comfortably on the topic of gender identity

  • Sexuality versus Gender – Male, female, non- binary and understanding of the differences between identity and sexuality

  • Identity – The spectrum of identity and how this can change throughout the course of personal transition and discovery of your authentic self

  • Correct use of pronouns – Why these are important, the impact if mistakes are made and how this can be avoided

  • Courage change and empowerment – Christian has made significant changes to become the true and authentic person that he is. He provides an insight into the courage needed when facing the blockages, lack of understanding and discrimination and how this has empowered him to be the positive person that he is today, making significant and life changing decisions. Whether you are the person going through transition, or the employer, friend, family member, or colleague, Christian will provide you with a thought-provoking insight and the tools to assist you to discover, enlighten and inspire, yourself or others

  • Employer support – What you can do to increase value, progression and retention of staff, which includes visibility, support networks, education and training and celebration and recognition of transgender events

  • Legal rights in society and the workplace – An awareness and understanding of the legislation that can be used to protect and treat people respectfully

  • The treatment care pathway of a transgender person – A personal insight from the perspective of a transgender person, providing lived experience of the care pathway

  • The journey of transition in the police service – Christian talks openly about his journey as a serving transgender police officer

  • Police culture and the positive changes – How culture has changed and improved and the impact that he has made on those changes

  • Trans awareness & acceptance – Christian provides an awareness of the everyday difficulties faced by a transgender person and what you can do to support someone on their own personal journey of transition

  • Diversity Inclusion and Education in the workplace – How a positive and robust policy and transition plan can assist you to be an attractive employer who respects and enables your staff to progress and succeed

GenderSpace clients include...

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“The feedback from the children has been fantastic; they have responded so well to your message and speak very highly of you. Hopefully a day they will always remember”

Amy Whittle, Safeguarding, Pastoral & Inclusion Lead Rossmore School, Ellesmere Port  

“Christian is a truly open and engaging speaker. During his talk, he de-mystifies the subject of gender identity and being transgender in a very unique way. It is a real privilege to hear Christian share his experiences and personal journey” 

Lynsey, Law Enforcement Agency 

“What you said had a profound impact on everyone. You really helped people to understand the issues that trans people face, but also the fact that if someone can truly be themselves, then they can give off their best”  

Lesley Dixon, CEO, Person Shaped Support (PSS)

“You delivered in such an unassuming way but with incredible impact. You could have heard a pin drop, and everyone was extremely moved by your story. You answered many questions openly and everyone was very grateful for your candid approach… You were described as ‘unforgettable, incredible, amazing”  

Julie Cooke, Retired Deputy Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary & Trustee Person Shaped Support (PSS)

 “A thoroughly enjoyable, comprehensive introduction to Transgender Awareness. Everyone seemed to take so much from the workshop. Colleagues have spoken incredibly highly about the session since and more specifically Christian’s wonderfully engaging delivery”  

Holly Nicholls, Equality & Diversity Project Support Officer, Liverpool John Moores University

“A colleague and I have delivered on this session all semester in respect of different elements of diversity, hate crime and bias, but having someone come in and talk from their own perspective was fabulous. It certainly raised awareness amongst the students but more importantly raised their awareness around the practicalities of transition and the personal journey that individuals have to go through”   

Karen Cummings, Lecturer & Retired Detective Chief Superintendent, Liverpool John Moores University 

(Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies)

“Christian visited our group to speak to about his journey. He was really open and honest, which enabled a brilliant and positive discussion. The young people massively benefited from this as a lot of them are at the beginning of their Trans journey and it is often hard for them to visualise a positive outcome. I have never seen the group so engaged in a session and they all gave really positive feedback and are keen for Christian to come back in the future”   

Laura Rose, Health Improvement Team, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

“It is always a huge pleasure to hear Christian speak.  His simple style, warmth, and charming personality shine through and I hope he will continue to be a great friend and ally to the Museum of Liverpool”.   

Matt Exley, Education Manager, Museum of Liverpool

“Christian has worked with us to help develop policies and delivered presentations to our staff.  His delivery style is so open and honest, speaking not only about his own personal journey but also trans issues in general.  Every member of staff who attended his presentation was moved by Christian’s journey and the way he speaks so candidly, and his ability to answer any question asked of him regardless of how difficult the questions are”     

Cheryl Farmer, Patient Inclusion & Experience Lead, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

“Christian has worked closely with Merseyside Police custody training team for a number of years. His presentations are informative, powerful and inspirational. He has been fundamental in providing our staff and officers with trans awareness education and an understanding of inclusivity, which assists them greatly in serving the community of Merseyside.”     

Frank McCreadie, Custody Sergeant & Trainer, Merseyside Police

"Colleagues and students from across the university attending this staff development session found Christian’s story of his personal journey illuminating, inspirational and informative. The seminar has been mentioned on numerous occasions since and inspired members of the university community to follow his example of sharing their story. Christian has helped us to think of new ways to support LGBTQIA+ inclusion on campus, for example by joining our LGBTQIA+ Ally Network. It is hoped Christian will return to raise awareness, inform and inspire others in the future."     

Ann-Marie Houghton, Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Lancaster University

"Christian delivered a Staff CPD session to our full school body with confidence, humour and an open honesty that served to touch and inspire us all. His story is one of motivation, resilience and empowerment. As a school we encourage all to "Let Their Light Shine" - Christian embodies this in all that he does and all that he is. We are extremely grateful to have had the incredible opportunity to learn from him and his experiences and look forward to working with him in the future."     

Phil Thompson, Headteacher, St Mary’s Catholic High School, Leyland

"All students in the school were given the opportunity to attend Christian's presentation. It's rare for a speaker to have kept the attention of all students from start to finish, as Christian did so successfully. Christian's talk has created so much positive and open conversation, questioning and debate from Year 7 to 13 students.

Martin Halliday, Head of Sixth Form, Maricourt Catholic High School & Sixth Form Centre, Liverpool


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