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“Always be True to Yourself”

This weekend, one of my wonderful colleagues and buddies became a perfect example of this.  On Saturday evening, he announced to the nation on the BBC’s Radio 5 Live that he’s going to live the rest of his life as a woman.

From Sunday morning – she did.

Simon Hirst is now Stephanie Hirst and half way through gender re-assignment therapy.  If you didn’t hear the interview, I urge you to click on the link above and invest an hour of your time to being inspired.

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We used to present Hit40UK together and I won’t pretend I wasn’t nervous during that broadcast on Saturday evening. In this Katie Hopkin era of bringing anyone down who’s deemed “different” I contacted loads of my friends ahead of the interview and asked them to tweet their support. I sent Simon supportive texts ahead of that 10pm broadcast and warned him to ignore any haters.

But courage and honesty count for a lot.

To be in your late 30’s and announce to the world that you’re changing sex takes courage. But to have spent most of your life in the public eye and to have so many people who’ve grown up listening to you in your male dominated world of radio?  THEN to go public with something so personal?  Courageous seems a woefully inadequate description.

The broadcast went live and I sat, nervously.

Then… BOOM.  It started.  Within minutes #hirsty was trending on twitter and there was an outpouring of support across all social media platforms.  It was emotional to watch.  Today the story is across all media.  The article in today’s Daily Mail has been shared almost 1000 times in the 2 hours since it was published and, here’s the shocker – ALL of the  comments are positive.  When does that EVER happen on the Daily Mail website?

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Over the summer I read a wonderful book called Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron, which charts her “adventures in raising a gender creative son”.  I’m not a fast reader but I DEVOURED the book on our flight to Rhodes, tears streaming down my cheeks.  I think everyone should read this book.  It’s amazing and insightful. I was horrified to read about the “Kraig” experiment, conducted at UCLA as recently as the 1970’s.  In an attempt to make “Kraig” less ”girly” his mother would reward him for masculine behaviour and his father would beat him for feminine behaviour. IN THE 70’s!  There are no words.

When I wrote about Eurovision earlier in the year my faith in humanity grew but the outpouring of love for Stephanie just goes to show just how far we’ve come.  It’s been totally overwhelming and I hope Stephanie becomes a poster girl for being YOU.

I keep getting asked “Did you have any idea”?  “Did you ever notice anything”?

I know what people are REALLY asking. As mentioned in the interview, Simon was always super careful to hide any signs – that was all part of feeling he needed to  hide who he really was.

So my answer?

ABSOLUTELY I noticed.  I always knew Hirsty was an AMAZING individual, with the ability to make a huge difference.  I’m so thrilled she finally gets to do that!  If Stephanie can be true to herself and stand up and be counted, so can you.

Stephanie – I’m SO proud of you.  And I was going to write “Welcome to the world” but you’ve actually always been here.

You just don’t have to hide anymore.

K x

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, 

It became a butterfly”

 

 

101 Comments

  • Reply Steve Marshall July 7, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Katy, great words. As a programmer and dj who has worked all over Europe for more years than I can remember. Histy I have read about and heard about over the years, In a radio landscape which gets blander by the hour, Stephanie Hurst I heard the other day on BBC Radio Manchester. The energy and sense of fun was all there. A memory of how great radio was back in the day with a sound that is very much 2015. If there was a candidate for the Radio One Breakfast Show it is Stephanie Hurst. Great tight interactive radio with a magic which comes once in a generation…it is that simple

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  • Reply Mikey October 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Lovely blog post, Katy.
    As you say, the warm and welcoming public reaction to Stephanie is a refreshing change after some of the TV haters we’ve sadly become accustomed to.
    Thanks xx

  • Reply Clare Goldsack October 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    What an inspiring blog. Good luck to Stephanie, she’s lucky to have a good friend like you xx

  • Reply Dave Nightingale October 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Around 18 months ago, a close friend gave me a bit of a pep talk as they wanted me to find myself. I was heading towards 28 stones in weight,had no self-esteem and didn’t like myself and the way i looked.

    I listened to what they had to say, got some guidance on how i could do it ,and started to make a change to a brighter tomorrow.Today I’m literally half the person I was, having lost the best part of 14 stones since June 2013. I will always have time for that friend for having the guts to broach the subject, supporting me throughout my weight loss, and giving me my mojo back. They have embraced the change in me and stating they are proud of what i have achieved.

    I vowed that i would pay it back should they have a similar change that they ever needed support with. Well, they have, and I have, and will continue to do for the rest of my natural. Only their change was bigger than mine. I am in awe of what they have achieved so far and what is set to come for them.

    The name of that friend by the way?

    Stephanie Hirst 🙂

  • Reply Donna B October 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I am a mum to 2 older kids who have their own daily struggles . i am super proud of them … and i am super proud of Hirsty also to go through all she has , no one should be worried or scared to be themselves … but in this day and age it is a huge worry . and as a mum i wanna send Stephine a huge hug and loads of love !

  • Reply Laura Aimson October 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Katy ,
    You’ve always been an inspiration to me . Your so amazing and such a supportive member of society . And making Stephanie cry whilst she read this …. I’m so happy she can finally be true self .
    You’re an amazing friend and Stephanie is so lucky to have such a supportive network of friends like yourself. My Gosh – Following her story past few days has made me so emotional.
    Amazing ….. simply amazing xxxx

  • Reply Emma October 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What a wonderfully supportive post Katy, and I’m go glad the response has been so overwhelmingly positive for Stephanie.

    • Reply Katy October 15, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Me too! I’ve had the most emotional week as a result of the support for her. Faith in human nature is restored! x

  • Reply Debbie October 15, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I can totally relate to where Stephanie is coming from for I have witnessed first hand of someone who is born into the wrong body. My brother who is 46 came out as transgender nearly 2 years ago now and has since been living her life as a woman since this time . I have seen and have comforted her when she’s sat in despair of the ” freak” that she thought she was and the feel of dread of the numerous times when she’s thought and tried to end her life because she thought she wasn’t ” normal ” . However she has come out the other side of this and is now the happiest I have ever seen her she has a great circle of friends old and new . In my view your are what you are and I think it’s a tradegy when society label you not normal for being true to yourself and for being the person you are meant to be born as . I for one will always love my sister she makes me proud everyday just for being her . Coming out she paid a price for my father and my younger brother have disowned her and she has 2 children who choose not to have contact with her . I know this hurts her deeply but she’s a fighter so my dear sister Nikki as I have always quoted to you one of my favourite songs ” you are not alone in this ” all my love always your little sister Deb xxxx

    • Reply Katy October 15, 2014 at 11:18 am

      What a lovely sister you are. Sorry to hear Nikki had a tough time. I guess that’s why I’ve been so thrilled for Stephanie that people now seem more progressive than I’d feared x

  • Reply Helen Neale October 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Katy – what a truly heartfelt and supportive post. So pleased that Stephanie has done this with the support of her friends, and has been able to finally step out from living behind the curtain, and showing herself for what she truly wants to be. Life can be so cruel sometimes, where we feel we can’t really be “us” – I hope her courage can help many others to do the same. And that, as well as her being able to live as she feels the most comfortable, is an amazing thing to have achieved through her fortitude. Well done.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Well said that lady xx

  • Reply Carolin October 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Such a wonderful post, Katy. Having to hide who you truly are must be one of the worst things in the world. I’m glad Stephanie can be Stephanie now and it’s great to see that she’s got so much support from everyone. There finally seems to be a change in society. Happiness is all that matters, not someone’s sex, status or possessions x

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Agreed! You HAVE to be happy x

  • Reply Jennifer Howze October 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Really inspiring post, Katy. I’ve never personally known someone who’s undergone gender reassignment but from reading I know how much courage it takes not only to do it but to tell your loved ones. To let the world know — loud and proud — is a testament to Stephanie’s character. Thanks for sharing this story.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

      She IS pretty amazing x

  • Reply michelle October 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Amazing words. you are a true friend. Xx

  • Reply Valerie Cox October 14, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I am so proud that I am able to witness such positive emotions and support for people who are different from the “norm”. It wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago. Progress!

  • Reply Mummy Barrow October 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Stephanie sounds like just the kind of girl who should come along on our next girls night out Katy. What a woman. So proud of Stephanie fir standing up and saying “this is me”. And for you being there with the welcome applause

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Oh my goodness – you would LOVE her x

  • Reply Downs Side Up October 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Oh Katy, this post had tears pricking in my eyes. Of pride for you, such a beautiful post and of what you both achieved on #SoMe that day. You must know the evil trolls I face weekly when I write to change the public’s perceptions of DS, but on we must all go. Ignoring the hatred and enlightening the far greater good masses.
    Much love
    Hayley

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Love to you Hayley x

  • Reply Mari October 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    What beautiful words and what great support and love you demonstrate for your friend.
    What a fabulous ending but also beginning and being so in the public eye will inspire so many others to follow in Hirsty’s footsteps, brava Katy and brava Stephanie maybe another tiny corner of the world has been put to right.

  • Reply Chris Brooks October 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Katy,
    This is beautifully written!
    X

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Just supporting my buddy x

  • Reply Emma October 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Amazing and I hope that others without the ‘celeb’ tag would also recieve the same outpouring of support. We really are becoming a more modern society – thank goodness.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Thank goodness! x

  • Reply Christine smythe October 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Stephanie I think you are amazing and not surprised you have had positive comments as we all love you , I wish you all the happiness you deserve ! Get back to capital it’s crap without you lol xxxx <3

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

      I know, right. She must be back on air x

  • Reply Jen Dewsnap October 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Like many others I’ve listened to Hirsty’s interview with a mix of emotions. Such honesty, such amazing and thought provoking insights into a life of a person we all feel we know because of this thing called “celebrity”
    I wondered when reading all the tweets, Facebook messages and generally supportive comments whether if Hirsty was just the bloke next door and not someone we’ve grown up with on our radio, whether the reactions would’ve been the same? How many people go through the agony of gender dysphoria and feel alone, isolated and unsupported? But there’s where the bravery of the interview reaches another level. By bringing her own story to us Stephanie Hirst has given support and hope to so many others. Well done and good luck x

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

      She’s done SO much for attitudes already – you’re right xx

  • Reply Tracy La Riviere Emmerson October 13, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Beautiful words Katy. When I heard the news about hirsty I must admit I wasn’t surprised. I had noticed over the past year that Simon seemed as though he had some deep issues that he was trying so badly to hide. I am pleased that Stephanie as been able to come out of hiding and finally be herself. She is a beautiful person and I wish her inner peace and happiness for the rest of het life xx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Lovely words – and we all do x

  • Reply Penny A Residence October 13, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    A friend on facebook have changed gender and I have learnt so much from his updates. It is incredible how much he has had to lead others in what is appropriate to discuss, what pronouns to use – a real one person force of re-education. I can’t imagine how hard this is to do when you are in the limelight, but also a hugely influential and important thing. I am so glad it went well, so it should do!

  • Reply Laura October 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I listened to Stephanie’s interview yesterday and I was completely engrossed! The interview was fascinating, open and completely honest but above all brave! It’s such a shame that Stephanie has felt the need to hide away for all these years because of fear of rejection from others but fantastic that she can finally be herself! I sincerely hope that she can continue her career in the media as she is a fantastic DJ with a brilliant personality and her being herself should have no influence ! Ps Hirsty change your Facebook name YOU ARE STEPHANIE! X

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

      She IS – an AWESOME dj! x

  • Reply Helen Barbour October 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    The fact alone that i have tried to friend request stephanie, and she can take no more requests as she has hit the limit speaks volumes, glad i live in a world where humanity is still very much at the forefront of alot of peoples morals, in the times of crisis with IS, poverty, national disasters etc, stephhanie should be considered a national treasure for bravery x

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

      LOVE that friend request news! x

  • Reply Tracy October 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Lovely words of support – hirsty will always be hirsty regardless of whether he or she wears a shirt and tie or a dress – I was not at all surprised by the revelation. Huge respect and love – deciding to do this kind of thing, declaring it to your friends and family must be hard enough – 100 times harder being in the public eye. Good luck Stephanie Hirst. You made friends in personal life and from being a down to earth radio presenter as the man you were born, only an idiot would unfriend you just because you are going to become a woman – like you said many times – you’re the SAME person you was before the broadcast xxx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

      You’re so right, same person x

  • Reply Kellie Whitehead October 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    What a beautiful post Katie. I’ve never met either of you , although we have some mutual friends. Al I can say is that I have never heard a broadcaster more universally praised by industry peers than Stephanie Hirst – I really hope she continues to share that talent that makes o many people happy, and leave s colleagues in awe. I think it’s the proper Yorkshire in her personally, – and for a Barnsley lass, that were no mean feat t’other night. Amazing talent, and amazing courage. She is lucky also to have such good friends in the likes of you.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

      It is an amazing outpouring of love for her x

  • Reply Melanie Riches October 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I can’t say I wasn’t shocked when I listened to the interview, but were only on this earth a short while, so good on Stephanie for been true to herself . What a truly wonderful lovely inspirational human being x

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Yup – one life baby! x

  • Reply Boo Roo and Tigger Too October 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    It’s at times like this that my faith in humanity is restored. Instead of all the hatred an outcry of overwhelming support has happened – we should all be very proud of ourselves for accepting someone else’s decision and supporting them through it.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Totally restored my faith too x

  • Reply Sarah October 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    such a moving blog katy and having listened to hirsty for many years than i care to remember and also having the privilege of meeting a few times it truly is beautiful to know that the torment is over and out into the world steps stephanie a woman born with true courage without torment i truly wish her well with every path she now chooses and hope she realises just how loved she is already like was said in the interview the exterior changes but inside is still the same good luck stephanie on your rebirth to the life you want to lead x

  • Reply Diane October 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Very moving, inspirational and spoken from the heart as always. As are many, I was one of the many listener’s who loved Simon’s indivdual banter that often was personal and from his heart. The interview was the only way he could say bye Simon, hello Stephanie. Here’s to a l long, happy life as Stephanie, hopefully back on local radio making me and your ”followers’ happy and laugh with your antics. Xx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Lovely comment x

  • Reply Charlotte Holstead October 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I am so pleased to hear of Steph’s story & that she is bringing the trans gender issue to the nation.
    I too at age 40 have just started on the journey of changing sex & am so pleased to hear of others, as it will help me & thousands of others be accepted in society, it is not our fault we were born in the wrong body.
    Good luck Hirsty and a very big thank you xx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Lovely to hear from you Charlotte. Huge love for your next chapter x

  • Reply Helen October 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    My stepdaughter is 17 and is just about to embark on a journey she hopes will allow her to finally live her life as she wants … as a boy! Whilst I find it difficult to understand her decision, she will have our support and love throughout this journey. To come out to us took a lot of courage and to take this next step will need even more courage from her. To know that she will finally be happy with herself physically will hopefully help her to be happy all round and allow her to fully live her life.

    Well done Stephanie for being yourself and true to who you are

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

      You sound like a wonderful step-mum. x

  • Reply Lynda October 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I hope the bigots of this world leave Steph alone to be herself. I’ve listened to the daily dose for years and loved every minute of it, mainly due to this extraordinary persons wit and personality. I will continue to admire her for very different reasons now but wish she’d get her beautiful butt into get and hurry up back to work.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

      You’re right – wonderful personality xx

  • Reply DJA October 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    An amazing blog Katy, thank you for sharing.

    20-odd years ago, I sidled up to a DJ in a Barnsley pub and said “you’ve got a great voice for radio… you should be a presnter!”. Of course I didn’t realise (cue drums and a 5-part Dallas harmony – anoraks know what I’m on about) “Si-mon Hirrrrrst” was already a fully-fledged radio geek, already climbing the commercial radio ladder (he was significantly more successful than me). Hirsty, being (genuinely, no loveyness intended) the nicest person in the industry, even saw the potential for friendship in the talent-spotting egotist that was me in my early 20s.

    My life has been enriched by my friend, along with the millions who’ve been utterly absorbed by Hirsty’s amazing ability to communicate on air. It isn’t an uncanny knack of talking to the audience as if they’re a good friend… they ARE a good friend, which illustrates just how generous of spirit she is.

    Today, Stephanie Hirst is a friend to thousands more: a friend to those who feel isolated and alone; to those desperately in need of hope and reassurance that ‘different’ is actually quite normal. In fact, the way you conducted yourself during your interviews this weekend should inspire us all to celebrate our differences!

    As long as I’ve known Hirsty, the desire to share life with her listeners, has made for consistently outstanding radio, and this weekend, she’s given us her best material (so far…). Open, honest, disarming, unscripted, and above all, real.

    Stephanie Hirst: you are an inspiration to everyone, and now you’re free to enthral and excite a whole new audience that cannot wait for you to fling open that mic fader and do what you do best.

    I’ve never felt more privileged to call you my friend.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

      What a lovely comment x

  • Reply JoJo October 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What lovely words of encouragement, Iove, support and optimism. X

  • Reply Scott October 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Dear Katy, The words you have written are beautiful you are a special friend. Stephanie is so brave and I’m so glad she can now live her life as she has always wanted to. She’s an inspiration to us all, I was moved to tears over her interview and I look forward to the next chapter of her life.x

  • Reply Michelle October 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    such a brave lady x truly hope you find the happiness you deserve x welcome too the sisterhood xxxx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Brave indeed x

  • Reply Lynda Bowyer October 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Since the very first transmission on Galaxy 105 from the studios at Jacob’s Well in Leeds back in January 2003 (strangely a Sunday if I remember), I’ve had the dulcet tones of Simon Hirst in my ear on my morning commutes to work. I miss hearing Hirsty on the radio!

    How unbearably heartbreaking it must have been for him to suppress that which you feel is the REAL person inside all these years… to hide away Stephanie, to live as Simon, and to have to live in the public eye with the constant comments, criticism and more which come from having a very public-facing media role.

    I think to an extent Simon played along with the “male lad-about-town” role to help detract from his real sadness. The plate-licking shenanigans at the Carvery restaurants, the curry capers at the Dil Raj and his boyish antics perhaps were a useful distraction when in the public eye… and that can serve a purpose up to a point.

    Now Simon has finally broadcast his innermost feelings and the true person beneath his skin, Stephanie can now flourish. She is still the same person underneath, albeit the female expression which means she can be truthful to herself, her family, her friends and her public audience. At long last, there’s no more hiding. No more worries. No more shame.

    I admire Stephanie for having the courage to come forward out of the shadows and to hide no more. I only wished I lived back up in Yorkshire and was one of her friends; Simon was amazing as Simon but Stephanie being, for the first time ever, true to herself, is going to be one amazing woman with so much to offer the world. I wish her every happiness in her future ahead and look forward to hearing her on her own radio show once more in the not too distant future!

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I look forward to hearing her too! x

  • Reply Darren Lethem October 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    That is beautiful Katy. I have loved Simon for a number of years ( God knows why because he was a bloody nightmare to produce at times ) and will Steph for even more years to come. She has the heart of a football and absolutely no ego. The outpouring of warmth and praise is testimony to the love towards her. I look forward to the next time I see her so I can give her a big hug and tell her how proud I am of what she has done. Mind you, it is still her round 🙂 x

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Ha! It being “her round” seems like a common thread 😉 x

  • Reply Emma Hopkinson October 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Lovely blog Katy. I listened to the interview on Saturday and once again since. The courage and bravery of Stephanie was amazing. She is so lucky to have amazing supportive friends and family (her dad actually made me well up when she told of him answering the phone to a female friend!).
    I met Hirsty a few years ago when I won tickets to go to the Pride of Britain awards and can only say that he was a funny, kind and all – round nice person, so I think Stephanie will be a wonderful woman… who still owes me a vodka 🙂
    All the best for your future Stephanie.

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Agreed. That bit about her dad got me too x

  • Reply Sherries Oliver October 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I think Stephanie was amazingly brave and will continue to be. There will be those who name call but they don’t matter, what matters is the outpouring of support and genuine concern. So happy for her, I am sure it’s been a very hard road and ands a lesion woman who was married to a man for nearly 20 years I can identify with hiding your true self. Much love to her xxxxx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Ah – love to you too Sherries x

  • Reply hannah October 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I have just listened to the full interview…. So inspirational. Good luck Stephanie, I hope you are happy now in your life xxx

  • Reply Helen October 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Everyone deserves to be happy in their own skin without suffering ridicule, it’s so refreshing to see the great amount of support that Stephanie has had since the interview was broadcast, it restores my faith in humanity that when someone who is loved so much for who they are not what they are like Stephanie is, she is supported wholeheartedly by her many many followers. Good Luck Stephanie on your journey, I sincerely hope it’s a smooth one and you finally get to be who you truly are xxx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Lovely comment x

  • Reply Gemma October 13, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    So pleased to see the positive responses, especially to see only a very small number of negative comments on the Daily Mail site. The more people we hear coming out the more positive the responses are becoming, acceptance isn’t totally there yet but we’re making amazing progress. Blog posts like this, from someone with public recognition like yourself, make all the difference.

    I went through this same coming out (on a much smaller scale) 3 months ago and was sure something would go wrong, but *everyone* has been brilliant. It’s great to see Stephanie get the same treatment.

    Thanks Katy, and well done to Stephanie. Enjoy the freedom you’ve earned!

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

      And good luck to you Gemma x

  • Reply amanda October 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Truly lovely words to a person who has shown amazing courage, don’t know Stephanie personally but have listened to her breakfast programme many times, picked me up when I’ve felt low , it’s not the same anymore , I will be watching this story as she unfurls and grows Into the gorgeous lady she will becomexxx

  • Reply Lucy October 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    beautiful words Katy!! Every bit spot on and I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things Stephanie will continue to accomplish in her life!! An inspiration to us all and we can only hope that her courage will inspire others to do the same and be true to themselves!
    Lucy xx

  • Reply Joanne Kilner October 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Katy
    your words moved me.
    Your support for your friend Stephanie means more than offering a million pounds. There are some things money can’t buy and having supportive and loving friends who accept you for who you are is definitely one of those things. God bless you.

  • Reply Molly October 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I listened to Hirsty’s interview twice yesterday and was bowled over both times by how brave, honest and inspiring it was. It’s a huge deal to be able to come out with something that many people still don’t understand about – especially as you say, in the male dominated world of radio. But as Stephanie said in the interview, she’s still the same person – it’s just she can live comfortably in her own skin now. I’m proud to be friends with so many people who count themselves as good mates of Stephanie – the fact they’ve been so supportive of her shows that no matter how scared you may be to be honest about who you are, honesty and being true to yourself is always worth it in the end. Beautiful post Katy xxx

    • Reply Katy October 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      She really is pretty special x

  • Reply Ellie Hutchinson October 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    You’re right she is an inspiration to everyone and the amount of positive support has been amazing. I hope she lives life happily now. Such immense courage x I hope she returns to the radio very soon xxx

    • Reply Katy October 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

      I hope she does too x

  • Reply Hayles October 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    What kind words you have for someone who must have been going through hell for so many years! I have listened to Hirsty on the radio every morning for the last decade and loved every minute. Stephanie needs to get back to what she is fantastic at and that’s entertaining Yorkshire bright and early everyday.
    “Hay there Stephanie Yorkshire chuffin loves ya!”
    XxX

    • Reply Katy October 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      She ABSOLUTELY does! Way too much of a talent x

  • Reply Michelle Garrett October 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Katy that was a truly beautiful post. How lucky Stephanie is to have a friend like you. And how lucky we all are to have Stephanie in our world because even though this is the first I heard of her story, the more stories like Stephanie’s, the more our world will learn to be open minded and accepting of all kinds of people who wish to be themselves, whatever that means for them. xox

    • Reply Katy October 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      You’re so right. I feel like the world is learning… slowly! x

  • Reply Pinkoddy October 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I listened to the interview and what I liked the most was there was just no fear in her voice – it was like (as it should be) it was completely normal and there was nothing to fear. Let’s hope it can be like this for anyone/everyone who is in this situation. I am so glad it has been (again as it should) a positive response.

    And as Helen says, you are an amazing friend.

    • Reply Katy October 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      You’re so right – the interview was inspirational x

  • Reply Actually Mummy... October 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    You are a lovely lovely person Katy, and I’m so glad the support for Stephanie has been so overwhelming. To hide who you really are is an affliction so many people go through – not all of them come out the other side, but it’s so important to happiness.

    • Reply Katy October 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      You’re so right – happiness is what it all comes down to. You should hear the interview – it’s SO honest and happy x

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