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British Army officer: I was ‘living an act’ before coming out as trans

Nick Duffy January 19, 2015

An officer in the British Army has opened up about being transgender.

Hannah Winterbourne, who serves as a captain of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – is the highest-ranking openly transgender person in the British Armed Forces.

The 27-year-old decided to transition to female while Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

She told All About Trans: “I was selected for the Army at the age of 15.

“I came out as a trans solider about a year and a half ago… and since then I’ve become the highest ranking openly serving trans soldier.

“I think initially it was a bit of a shock to some people, because it’s not something you come across every day in the Army… however, people soon realise that it didn’t make a difference to my job.”

However, she told The Sun that she struggled to cope while serving in Afghanistan, prior to coming out.

She 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.”

Watch the clip via All About Trans below:

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