I can’t think of any other age this would be possible in.
Oh, sorry to hear about his having problems with the local mosque, that’s just the beginning of his troubles. This isn’t going to end well.
Former Territorial Army male soldier, 28, becomes Britain’s first transgender Muslim woman and is now MARRIED
- Lucy Vallender had a sex change in 2010 and converted to Islam last year
- Says she had been a TA private in Gloucestershire but gave up after a year
- ‘I tried to do macho things but I was trying to be someone I wasn’t,’ she says
- Met already married Murad online but he didn’t know she was once a man
- They wed in April on first meeting and have met twice for sex since, she says
- But her local mosque have barred her after she refused to pray with men
By MARTIN ROBINSON
PUBLISHED: 11:53 GMT, 4 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 4 September 2013
New life: Lucy Vallender 28, was formerly a male TA soldier, pictured clutching her beret, but she has since had a sex change and converted to Islam
A former trained soldier has swapped her Territorial Army beret for a veil and become Britain’s first transgender Muslim woman.
Lucy Vallender used to be called Laurens and says she is finally ‘true to herself’ after a sex change three years ago.
The 28-year-old is now married to a Muslim man she met on an online dating site, but he did not know she was once a man when they wed.
She now wears a full veil outside her Swindon home to show the world she is married.
The former labourer said ‘she used to love firing guns’ and claims she drank regularly with the other squaddies as a TA private, but Lucy knew at 14 she wanted to become a woman.
‘I tried to do macho things you know to stop how I was thinking, but it didn’t work because I was trying to be someone I wasn’t,’ she said.
‘I felt differently to others – I was attracted to men.
‘But I suppressed my feelings and tried to live like most people my age.
‘I’d go out clubbing with friends and drink a lot of alcohol.
‘I had girlfriends too, but it would never get physical and always fizzled out after a couple of months.