Charlie Martin is a British racing driver and LGBTQ+ activist who has raced successfully in multiple disciplines, including single-seaters, prototypes, and GT cars. In 2020, she made LGBTQ+ history as the first ever transgender driver to compete in the ADAC TOTAL 24hr Nürburgring-Rennen, where she finished 4th in class racing a BMW M240i. In 2021, she finished 3rd in the Praga class of the Britcar Endurance Championship. Her ambition is to make LGBTQ+ history by competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Since transitioning midway through her career, Charlie has endured and overcome significant adversity. Today, she works with leading LGBTQ+ charities Stonewall, Mermaids, and Athlete Ally to improve visibility, acceptance, and inclusion in motorsport. More broadly, she uses her platform to champion transgender acceptance in all sports and in society as a whole. She has been featured in Vogue Magazine and was named in the Vogue 25, a celebration of inspiring women shaping the World in 2021 and beyond. She has also been included in the Pride Power list, OUT Magazine 100, and Attitude 101.
Charlie is a professional public speaker and works regularly with large organizations to help them improve their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Clients include Google, Microsoft, Adidas, AON, O2, GSK, ASOS, Bosch, and BMW.
Charlie speaks fluent French, is a keen trail runner, surfer, snowboarder, and vlogger. She has an online following of over 50k highly engaged followers.