#Pridematters: Danniella’s story
Bupa Global’s Danniella Fowles shares her story as a transwoman and the support she has received from her colleagues and manager.
"Being a transwoman in a non-trans world has meant many different things for me. It has meant potential out casting from friends and family, rejection from potential partners because of social consciousness, and continually coming out.
These things might be negative experiences that any person of a queer nature has to face, however it is a stark reality of choosing to live your life openly. I started the process of transition at the age of 19 and I am still learning what I can do for my community to be visible for those who are too vulnerable to do so.
Working at Bupa Global in Brighton and being a part of the LGBTQI+ community I have felt a surprising amount of acceptance and diversity. I am able to be open and honest about being transgender and am comfortable to share my experiences. I attend Brighton Pride every year, but this year was truly special because I was marching with my colleagues.
I’ve heard stories from other transwomen who tell me they’ve been discriminated against or treated differently because of who they are. I’m proud to say at Bupa, this has never happened to me, and I’ve only felt acceptance and support from my team.
Outside of the office, I am the Project Manager for Trans Pride Brighton, and last month we had up to 5,000 people in a march. The event was made up of both trans-people and allies. It really was amazing to feel the sense of community and visibility that we had created; as well as standing up for basic human rights.
Creating a space where people from the LGBTQI+ community and allies can come together to show their support will help with inter-office relationships and the politics between us; meaning that visibility is key to the change of consciousness.
My hope for the future is that as a company and a group we can show how diversity is good for business. That people of LGBTQI+ matter and no longer have no voice."