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April Ashley

Former model and activist

Born in Liverpool in 1935, April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model and actress was one of the first people in the world to undergo pioneering gender reassignment surgery. As one of the most famous transgender individuals and a campaigner for transgender equality, she is an icon and inspiration to many.
Although born George Jamieson, April always felt and looked like a girl. Growing up in Norris Green was lonely and traumatic.
By the time she reached her early twenties she was finally able to accept and reveal her true identity and longed to become the woman she always felt she had been. In 1960 she underwent gender reassignment surgery in Morocco. She later went on to become a model and actress.
She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2012, in recognition of her campaigning, especially in relation to the Gender Recognition Act 2004.
  • Gender
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    Associated Person
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
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