Conservative lawmaker Jamie Wallis on Wednesday became the first from the British parliament to openly declare that they were transgender.
“I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be. I’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this way since I was a very young child,” Wallis said in a statement.
Wallis, who represents an area in Wales, detailed in a highly personal statement a series of traumatic experiences over the past two years including being raped after refusing to have sex with someone he met online and being nearly blackmailed over his gender identity.
“I have never lived my truth and I’m not sure how. Perhaps it starts with telling everyone,” Wallis said. “I had no intention of ever sharing this with you. I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud.”
Wallis said he will continue to use the pronouns “he/him/his” for now.
The statement was received with messages of support from senior British officials, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson who praised Wallis for his courage to share his “very intimate” story that “will undoubtedly support others.”
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