Jake Graf is an international multi award winning director, writer and actor based in London known for his roles in ’The Danish Girl' and ‘Colette’, and for viral hit ‘Headspace’.
Transitioning in 2008, and after a lifetime of searching for positive representations of trans people onscreen, Jake wrote, directed and starred in first film ‘XWHY’. The award winning film launched Jake onto the international film festival circuit and garnered much critical praise. He followed up with ‘Brace’, an online viral hit, and festival favourites ‘Chance’, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Dusk’ and quickly became known as one of the most prolific and visible trans male directors internationally.
Jake uses the medium of films to elicit positive change, giving representation to rarely seen characters and stories and promoting acceptance and understanding. All are used as educational tools in universities, schools, prisons and media events internationally.
Using his platform to give a voice to the trans male community, Jake is now widely considered to be one of the most visible trans men in the UK. He has appeared on Lorraine, Sky News, Good Morning Britain, Channel 5 News, ITV News and London Tonight and has written for The Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, GNI Magazine, BOYZ and Gay Star News. In 2014 Jake appeared as the first British man on the cover of FTM Magazine and covers for Attitude Magazine, Diva, GNI, QX, Vanity Hype and LGBT Weekly followed.
Jake is currently working closely with MisFits Entertainment ('Alleycats'/'McQueen') on feature film ’Lavender' as well as two television drama pilots. Recent roles include ‘Colette’ directed by Wash Westmoreland (‘Still Alice’), and ITV’s ‘Butterfly’.
Jake speaks internationally on trans issues, particularly in relation to film and media. In 2015 he was a panelist at the first trans specific event at The White House, and the following year was invited to present in Speaker’s House, Westminster. In July 2017, his short film about legislative change was launched in The Houses of Parliament.
Jake was listed in OUT Magazine’s OUT100 List, The Independent’s Rainbow List, The Independent’s Pride Power List and The Guardian’s LGBT Power List. He is a patron of the Mermaids Charity, The Albert Kennedy Trust and the Ditch The Label anti-bullying project, and an ambassador and judge for the British LGBT Awards and The National Diversity Awards.
Hannah Graf MBE
Captain Hannah Graf (née Winterbourne) is an Officer of the British Army serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. She is a decorated Officer, having deployed to Afghanistan, Kenya and Canada.
In 2013 Hannah came out as a transgender woman and became one of the highest ranking transgender soldiers within the British Army. As part of the Army LGBT Forum, she became the Army's Transgender Representative where she had responsibility to advise Senior Army commanders on transgender policy, educate the wider Defence and most importantly, mentor and support the Army's many transgender soldiers.
Citing the positive effect that openly trans people had on her own transition, Hannah was very keen to become a visible role model for others, in particular showing that transgender women don't have to be pigeon holed into stereotypically feminine jobs.
Hannah made the decision to share her personal story of transition with the UK press, and her story quickly went viral with pick up across the world's media outlets. She has since conducted frequent TV interviews as a transgender advocate including appearances on Lorraine, The One Show, Good Morning Britain and The Victoria Derbyshire Show.
Since coming out, Hannah has received recognition in the form of awards from the British LGBT Awards, Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, Stonewall, Out in Work 100 Awards and an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University.
Hannah has always been keen to use her platform to better the lives of other LGBTQ people and supports as many charities and events as possible. In 2015 she became the first Patron of the charity Mermaids and as an active and competitive person, Hannah is an Ambassador for LGBT Sport Cymru (Wales). She has also been a judge for the British LGBT Awards and supports other organisations such as Pride in London, Trans Military and the Being Me charity.
Hannah was awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Years Honours List, receiving the award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge in June 2019.
In her spare time, she enjoys time with her friends and family, musicals and watching Wales play rugby.
Jake and Hannah met in December 2015, and knew from their first date that they had a future together. Balancing Hannah’s military postings with Jake’s London based film career, the pair have learnt to deeply value their time together, their relationship growing stronger as a result.
They got engaged in New York in September 2017, Jake proposing on Central Park Lake. A small, intimate wedding took place in London in March 2018, the couple surrounded by family and friends.
The pair now live together in South London and are virtually inseparable: both patrons of the Mermaids charity, Hannah frequently working on Jake’s films and media requests for them as a couple now commonplace. The pair were named as the UK’s most influential transgender couple on this year’s Independent Pride Power List and have become something of an inspiration to the international trans community, seizing every opportunity to increase acceptance and understanding of the transgender experience.
Hannah and Jake enjoy relaxed mornings in front of a film, traveling to far flung places and spending time with their niece and nephew. They are currently working towards starting a family of their own.