It is never to late to be yourself is the message Patricia Davies, from Leicestershire, England wants to spread to the world. She decided to transition as a woman at 90 and says she has never felt more comfortable. “It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was living a lie,” she says.
Davies knew she was born in the wrong body since the age of three she says, but had only told her late wife in 1987. Davies, married when she was 21, and her wife of 63 years was very supportive when she came out. She bought Davies jewelry and dresses that she could wear in private.
Davies did not come out earlier because she felt that from the 1950s until fairly recently, the medical profession’s approach to transgender people was electric shock therapy.
“The atmosphere around being transgender was not safe. People did not understand what transgender was,” Davies said.
Davies would have been discharged from the military for being considered homosexual. Davies served from 1954-1948.
The media has a lot to do with people recognizing what it means to come out, especially in older generations. Davies said she did not realize what transgender was until a TV show she watched in the 70s, and that she was inspired to go public after seeing the rom com “Boy Meets Girl,” which features transgender characters.
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Via: New York Post