And so I was seeing a professional medical specialist,
gender identity psychiatrists and so on.
Who had diagnosed me with the same.
So I had the paperwork and I had to go the medical officer
and I chose my medical officer hoping
that she would be understanding and help.
And so I went into the medical office
with a big pile of papers from the specialist
and from stuff I'd researched on the internet
'cause now this was end of '98, early '99.
So I had access to that, fortunately.
And when I told her, she cleared her appointments
for the rest of the afternoon
and we had a really good long chat
and she was very supportive.
And then we put it to the Air Force.
She put it to the Air Force on my behalf
to my base commander and it went up from there.
And the answer that came down was,
"We want to keep you in service.
"How do we do this?"
And so that was wonderful for me
because I really did enjoy doing my job.
And I had a lot of experience, a lot of skills
that would have been absolutely
just wasted being thrown out.
For no other reason than I was a transgender
as I now knew the term.
So the Air Force decided to keep me in
which was brilliant, so I became the first Airperson
to transition gender in the Royal Air Force.