Lucy Vallender, 28, from Swindon had a sex change three years ago. She used to be a Territorial Army soldier, now she is the UK’s first transgender muslim. She talks to ITV Daybreak.
A step in the right direction for humanity or an illustration of decline in Britain?
Lucy Vallender, born: Martin Robinson (September 4, 2013) finally feels “true to herself” since getting gender confirmation surgery and converting to Islam, saying that since the surgery three years ago and the conversion last September, “I felt happy and relieved at last — the happiest I’ve ever felt in my life.” She’s been called the first transgender Muslim in the UK, but she said, “I bet there are more — they are just frightened.”
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 has run into trouble with the local mosque in Swindon, Wiltshire, as they would not let her pray with the women.
“They asked me questions about my bra cup size, asked about my Adam’s apple, about my period and asked to see my birth certificate.”
Miss Vallender says she has been victimised by worhippers, who she says have asked her personal questions and banned her because she is a transexual, and she wants to ‘get justice’ for transgender and Muslim people.