What an inspiring story.
A British World War II veteran is proving it’s never too late to live the life you’ve always wanted, as she’s officially come out as transgender at the age of 90. Whoa!
Patricia Davies claims she first realized she was meant to be a woman back when she was just a young kid. In an interview with Cater News, the war veteran explained:
“I have known since the age of three that I was in the wrong body. From about the age of four… I didn’t want toy soldiers. I wanted an ironing board.”
Sadly, for decades Miz Davies lived in fear of what people would say if the truth every came out. However, Patricia made the brave step of coming out last year when doctors officially changed her medical records to female and she started taking female hormones. Good for her!
Still, many people didn’t know what transgender was back in the ’40s, so she decided to keep it a secret for a long time. She continued:
“I had to keep my mouth shut about being transgender, you couldn’t flaunt that as that would have been a disaster,” she said. “I would have been classed as homosexual, which would have caused problems in the Army. I would have ended up in prison. But I got through it.”
Davies served in the army between April 1945 until April 1948 and left when she was 21-years-old. A few months after returning from the war, Patricia got married. It wasn’t until 1987 that Patricia told her late wife the truth. Apparently, Patricia’s wife brought her jewelry and clothes to wear in secret.
“I have always been attracted to women but not in a sexual way. I’m not gay. My attraction to women was that I wanted to be like them. I was 60 when it all came pouring out to my wife. She was very sympathetic and helped me all the way, but we agreed to keep it quiet.”
Nonetheless, it took quite some time for her to fully come out as she feared medical professionals would try to treat her with electroshock therapy. So what exactly inspired Patricia to finally live her truth in public??
The 90-year-old credits the British TV show, Boy Meets Girl as her inspiration as the show features transgender characters. And it sounds like Patricia is finally living her dream, as she concluded:
“I feel quite relieved, quite happy. [The best thing about coming out] is being accepted as a woman. That has been something I’ve wanted all of my life.”
Awwww. Be sure to ch-ch-check out her inspiring story for yourself (below)!
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