Meet Soldier Who Has Become Army’s First Transgender Officer (PHOTOS)

Meet Soldier Who Has Become Army’s First Transgender Officer (PHOTOS)

By Metro UK on January 19, 2015
Captain Hannah Winterbourne

The British Army’s ‘first transgender officer’ said she had to come out and live as a woman after she realised she was ‘living an act’ as a man serving on the front line in Afghanistan.

Captain Hannah Winterbourne praised the military for being ‘very forward thinking’.

Captain Winterbourne said, ‘In Afghanistan I was living an act. I was acting for everyone around me. There was no let up where I could not stop that act.

‘In my part of the tent there were seven guys living on top of each other. Previously I’d relished my own time where I could be honest with myself.

‘In Afghanistan I could not do that. So that was a nudge which eventually ended up with me coming out and changing myself and my way of life.’YouTube made by 'My Genderation' promoting transgender choice. Transgender British Army Captain, Hannah Winterbourne who is now second in command over a company of 100 soldiers. Hannah is also the highest ranking trans soldier in the UK. She is an active campaigner for transoldier. Source YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBRhcy-_9E0 Credit: mygenderation.com

Captain Winterbourne said, ‘In Afghanistan I was living an act

The officer, of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers, told The Sun she realised her ‘body was wrong’ at the age of 23 while at Sandhurst for officer training.

The 27 year old said she feared the reaction of senior officers.

Capt Winterbourne did not reveal her former name as a man, and aid her feelings about her gender started from a young age.

It was not until much later she decided to go through with the transformation and begin hormone therapy.Hannah Winterbourne.jpg  Please link back to http://www.mygenderation.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBRhcy-_9E0&list=UUT1z837vln6lrrimGVOibZQ#t=147

Captain Winterbourne did not reveal the former name she served under.

YouTube made by 'My Genderation' promoting transgender choice. Transgender British Army Captain, Hannah Winterbourne who is now second in command over a company of 100 soldiers. Hannah is also the highest ranking trans soldier in the UK. She is an active campaigner for transoldier. Source YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBRhcy-_9E0 Credit: mygenderation.com

Capt Winterbourne did not reveal her former name as a man, and aid her feelings about her gender started from a young age

‘The point where I realised I was a woman but my body was wrong was around age 23 at Sandhurst. But I wrongly thought I couldn’t do anything about it,’ she said.

‘Then I went to my first unit. All of a sudden I’ve got soldiers under my command. I thought, ‘This isn’t the time to do it, I’ll just bear with it’. But those feelings never go away.’

The military has won several equality accolades in recent times, including last year being named the world’s second most gay friendly military in the world by a think-tank, while the MoD won the most improved employer award in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

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