- Founder and Executive Director of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-Step)
- Vice-Chair of the Kansas Equality Coalition
- Her work led to the City of Lawrence adding gender identity to its anti-discrimination policy
Stephanie Mott is a transsexual Christian woman from Topeka, Kansas. Having struggled through all of her life with who she was, and trying to live as the male she was not, Stephanie struggled with alcohol and drug abuse that led her to homelessness at the age of 48. In November 2005, Stephanie made the decision to transition. Eight months later, she found Metropolitan Community Church of Topeka and began her life as who she truly was.
In 2007, Stephanie transitioned to the person she was meant to be. Two years later she went back to college and began advocating for the transgender community in Kansas. Today, Stephanie writes a column for Liberty Press, Kansas’ statewide LGBT magazine, and is a published author. Her works include My Long Walk Home, A Transsexual Journey, and the newly released, A Waiting Room of One’s Own.
Stephanie is the founder and Executive Director of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-Step). K-Step works to eliminate discrimination against transgender people and their families through education. Stephanie also serves as the Kansas Vice-Chair and Topeka Chapter Chair of the Kansas Equality Coalition. Her work with the Topeka Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition brought about protections for LGBT students and staff in the Topeka School District. Her work in Lawrence led to the addition of gender identity to the City’s anti-discrimination policy. Stephanie continues to work with communities across the state to provide protection for, and recognition of, LGBT Kansans.
In addition to her work with K-Step, Stephanie serves on the board of the Topeka/Shawnee County Homeless Taskforce and Metropolitan Community Church of Topeka and volunteers with the Safe Streets Coalition, YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, Topeka AIDS Project, and the Shawnee County Jail. When she received this award, Stephanie was in the process of finishing a degree in Social Work at Washburn University.