In a recent interview, Joseph Harwood, a prominent LGBTQ+ activist and the first trans person to win a reality show competition in the UK, shared insights on his journey as an entrepreneur and the importance of teaching young people how to run their own businesses. Harwood emphasized that financial autonomy is critical for gender diverse individuals who may require access to life-changing medical treatments, therapy, and support. By sharing his experiences of building a successful brand and partnering with organizations like the Prince's Trust and MAC Cosmetics, Harwood aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and foster a sense of community and collaboration within the LGBTQ+ community.
Harwood also discussed the challenges faced by the trans community, including the negative political rhetoric and healthcare denial. However, he remains optimistic about the potential for creating safe spaces and supporting one another through entrepreneurship.