Radio star and transgender icon Stephanie Hirst has received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University for her contribution to public life.
Stephanie, who has fronted the ‘Hirsty’s Daily Dose’ breakfast show on Capital Radio for 11 years, is an award-winning radio DJ, TV presenter and broadcaster.
Born as Simon in Barnsley in 1975, she announced her transition to female in autumn 2014 and has become a role model for transgender people.
Stephanie said: “I’m deeply humbled to receive this award. Hopefully it will show that being true to yourself and being authentic can be recognised.”