April Ashley, a pioneer in the fight for trans rights in the UK, has died at 86

Pioneer in the fight for rights of trans people at United Kingdom, actress and model April Ashley He died at the age of 86, British media reported Wednesday.

The second British woman to change her gender to become a woman, in 1960, Ashley dedicated her life to defending trans people and her death has earned her many tributes in the community LGBT (lesbian, gay, trans and bisexual), like the singer Boy George, who called her a “force of nature and high priestess” of the cause, or the activist Peter Tatchell, which paid tribute to “a heroine” and “great pioneer”.

Born as George Jamieson In 1935 in Liverpool (North West England) in a working-class family, he ended up moving to London and later to Paris, where he worked in drag queen shows.

He saved up to get the money for the sex change intervention, and it was operated in Morocco in 1960.

Back in England, she faced numerous obstacles to being recognized as a woman, the last one in 1970, when she wanted a divorce and a court invalidated her marriage on the grounds that her sex change it was not legally recognized. In protest, she left for the United States and did not return until the law recognized her as a woman in 2005.

In 2012, Prince Charles decorated her for her trans rights activism.

“I know better than anyone how much people can judge, but what counts is being true to yourself,” he said in an interview.


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