I identify as female with a transsexual history -
I started treatment in 1998 after nearly 50 years identifying as transvestite (once I’d learned that there was a term for what I did) and two years deciding whether or not transition was what I needed to do -
After joining GMPS (as it then was) I learned that I was the first openly transgender employee nationally in the Probation Service and provided workshops on trans issues for probation and prison staff (amongst others).
In 2000, I joined LAGIP -
As chair of the LGBT staff association for probation, I served on national and local Diversity Boards within Probation and National Offender Management Service and received a number of awards for work with trans individuals.
Since 2000, I’ve been a counsellor specialising in trans clients. I still offer this service -
Overall, I estimate that I’ve met well over 1,000 trans individuals who would previously been described as transsexual and many more who do not plan to transition permanently including cross-
Since retiring, I’ve volunteered with Diversity Role Models -