A veteran of World War II has decided to live as a woman at the age of 90.
Patricia Davies, who as a man, has previously been married to a woman says that she has known that she was a woman from as young as three years old. However, the fear of how people would react is what has kept Patricia from revealing this fact.
Specifically, she was concerned that she would be treated with electric shock therapy, which was a treatment used, and approved, decades ago. Nevertheless, Patricia has bravely conquered her fears and came out to doctors last year.
Patricia served has served in the Far East, India, East Africa, and Palestine as a soldier in the 1940s. In 1987 Patricia revealed her feelings to her now late wife. The couple was married for 63 years and Patricia’s wife (then Peter) even bought her dresses to wear in secret.
Patricia, a retired industrial photographer, has begun taking the feminising hormone oestrogen and dressing like a woman. Patricia currently lives in a village in Leicestershire, England.
“It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was living a lie. I have been keeping quiet. I have slowly started to tell some of my neighbours. Everybody said ‘don’t worry, as long as you’re happy’. I’ve known I was transgender since I was three-years-old. I knew a girl called Patricia and I decided I wanted to be known by that name but it didn’t stick.”
It was the 2015 television show, Boy Meets Girl, which portrays transgender characters, that Patricia credits as giving her the courage to make the change.
“I joined the Women’s Institute. I socialize with them and have a natter. I’m having a great time. I have a new lease on life,” says Patricia.
Since her coming out last year Patricia has become a member of The Beaumont Society, which is support group for the transgender community.
(Information sourced from Mirror.co.uk)