Meet Captain Hanna Winterbourne- the first Transgender soldier

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    This is Captain Hannah Winterbourne before he transformed into a lady. She is the first transgender ever to be serving in the army and holds the highest rank. In fact,she is in charge of hundred soldier

    From UK Mirror

    “I think initially it was a bit of a shock to some people,
    they weren’t really expecting it because it’s not something you come
    across
    every day in the Army. However I think people soon
    realised that it didn’t make a difference to my job. At the end of the
    day I can still do all the things I could do before I transitioned.

    “That’s what the Army respects because we’re all about capability and output. That’s what matters.”

    Hannah
    said of her decision to become a woman: “It’s about finding that
    courage to do it. And that’s not the easiest thing in the world. “I was
    acting for everyone around me. There was no let up where I could stop
    that act.”

    Hannah said that it was impossible to spend time on her own and be honest with herself while serving in Afghanistan.

    She added: “That was a nudge which eventually ended up with me coming out and changing myself and my way of life.”
    Hannah,
    the Army’s most highly-ranked transgender soldier, revealed that the
    battle with her gender began when she was a young lad.
    Determined to pursue a career in the Army, she enrolled at a residential college designed for students to enter the Forces.
    The Army then sponsored her Electronic Engineering degree at Newcastle University, from where she went on to Sandhurst.
    Hannah said: “The point where I realised I was a woman but my body was wrong was around the age of 23 at Sandhurst.
    “After I was posted to Germany I decided to go to the doctors and told them. And that’s when my transition process began.”
    Hannah has refused to reveal her previous male name, describing it as a ‘label’.
    She
    is now a rep for other transgender servicemen and women and said:
    “Despite being perceived as a very masculine, old school, organisation
    the Army’s actually very forward thinking.”
    Hannah was commissioned from Sandhurst in 2010 after being selected for officer training aged 15.        
    Despite the difficulties of coming out as transgender she said the Army had been “a fantastic employer”.

    “I
    came out as a trans soldier about a year and a half ago when I was in
    Germany and since then I’ve become the highest ranking, openly serving
    trans soldier serving in the regular army.
    “One of my additional
    duties is that I’m the transgender representative in the British Army,
    which sees me dealing with education, welfare and dealing with any
    issues that trans soldiers may have.

    “The British Army is a fantastic employer for trans soldiers. We’ve had policies since 1999 and it’s all really, really clear.”
    A
    film featuring Hannah’s life has appeared online and is due to be
    broadcast by Channel Four as part of a series of short films about
    transgender people.
    Just passing by zebra crossing.

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