Through his own story and those of other trans people, Leng Montgomery explains the real struggles faced by the trans community. He explores the importance of ensuring that the voices of transgender people are present in the mainstream media debate. Leng actively engages and consults within the public and private sector and has written policy and delivered keynote speeches across the globe on the topic. Leng is currently a Diversity and Inclusion Executive at the Sainsbury’s Group (including Argos and Habitat), where he leads on LGBT inclusion. In addition, he supports the wider diversity and inclusion team on disability, gender and race, religion and belief. Previously, Leng worked at Stonewall, where he was involved in the Workplace Equality Index and the trans inclusion guides launched in 2016. In 2014, he was the first openly trans contestant on BBC’s MasterChef and, for two years running in 2014 and 2015, he was listed on the Independent’s Rainbow List in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category. Leng was a runner up in the 2018 British LGBT awards Corporate Rising Star category. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Leng Montgomery

LGBT and trans activist, diversity and inclusion specialist

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