From LGBT Archive
In 2014, Hirst announced in an interview with Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5Live that she was changing her name from Simon to Stephanie and was in the process of gender transitioning.
She was ranked number 98 in the Rainbow List 2014:
- "Formerly known as the popular Radio 5Live figure Simon Hirst, Stephanie made the brave call to announce her transition on air. While tough interviews followed, “Hirsty” never appeared fazed – and her decision may provide inspiration to those hoping make changes to their lives."
- http://www.barnsley-chronicle.co.uk/news/article/9084/dj-simon-hirst-reveals-i-want-to-be-a-woman Mike Cotton "DJ Simon Hirst reveals: ‘I've always known I was female", Barnsley Chronicle, 11 October 2014