April Ashley

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April Ashley
An Evening With April Ashley at the Southbank Centre4.jpg
Born
George Jamieson

(1935-04-29)29 April 1935
Died27 December 2021(2021-12-27) (aged 86)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Arthur Corbett (m. 1963-1970, annulled)
Jeffrey West (m. 1980s-2021)
Websitewww.april-ashley.com

April Ashley, MBE (born George Jamieson; 29 April 1935 – 27 December 2021) was an English model and restaurant hostess. She was one the first British people to be outed as a transsexual, this was done by the Sunday People in 1961.[1][2]

She was also known as one of the first British people to undergo sex reassignment surgery, after racing driver and World War II fighter pilot Roberta Cowell, and the ninth in the world to have the surgery.[3][4]

Ashley died on 27 December 2021 in London, at the age of 86.[5]

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  1. Stanford, Peter (24 November 2009). "April Ashley 50 happy years for sex-swap pioneer". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  2. The first was arguably trans man Michael Dillon in 1958 by the Daily Express.
  3. "April Ashley: the first Briton to undergo a sex change". The Independent. 2 February 2006. Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  4. Morris, Matthew (27 November 2009). "A woman ahead of her time". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  5. "April Ashley, model and actress who became one of the first transwomen to undergo reassignment surgery – obituary". The Telegraph. 28 December 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.

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