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April Ashley receives an MBE for services to transgender equality

April Ashley receives an MBE for services to transgender equality

April Ashley, one of the first Britons to undergo sex-change surgery, has received an MBE for services to transgender equality. Born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, Ms Ashley joined the Navy at 14 but felt isolated and attempted suicide. She moved to Paris in the 1950s and started dressing as a woman, before finding success as a performer at Le Carrousel nightclub. She underwent experimental gender reassignment surgery in 1960 in Casablanca.