Justine Melanie Smithies 44 is trans and proud, A wife and mother to 3 children. She lives in the North East of Scotland in the small coastal village of Cruden Bay just 10 miles south of the white fish port of Peterhead. Where she is employed as a marine electronics engineer for a local company Woodsons of Aberdeen Ltd. She is responsible for the installation / repair of all types of electronic equipment such as satellite internet / TV, Radars, Autopilots etc to fishing vessels all the way up to oil related vessels all over the UK.
She has completed a sponsored skydive for Stonewall Scotland and raised £2300 mostly from the fishing community of the North East of Scotland. After this event Stonewall Scotland invited her to be a keynote speaker for their workplace conference in December 2015 and has since spoken at various businesses / educational establishments. In her spare time she has also written for various publications YWCA Scotland, The Glass Closet, KaleidoScot , GTenMedia and also setup & runs a support group for the LGBT+ people of Aberdeenshire called Just Be Yourself. Recently she also starred in the BBC Scotland documentary “Transgender Love”.To contact Justine:Email: justine@smithies.me.uk
Twitter: @JustineSmithies
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/justine.smithies
Web: http://justine.smithies.me.uk