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MEP Jamie Wallis says he wants to start the gender reassignment process “as soon as possible” by describing the suffering of rape and blackmail | News from the United Kingdom

The Conservative MP, who said he was trans last month, said he hoped to start the transition process “as soon as possible” and praised “incredible support” since he appeared.

In a speech to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Jamie Wallis, a Bridgend MP, also described his experience with rape and blackmail.

Mr Wallis acknowledged that the transition process would be “challenging and difficult” with “a lot of obstacles” and said: “It will not be done overnight, it will take many, many years.”

But he added: “I think now that I’m out and people know it, I can start and really embark on a journey at a pace that suits me.”

“Maybe there was a terrible mistake”

Asked why she feels like a woman, Mr Wallis said: “I have gender dysphoria … this is a medical diagnosis that is required for legal gender reassignment, but it is also a condition that describes a lack of reconciliation. between how you look and what your body says and how you feel inside. “

Image: Jamie Wallis is a Member of Parliament for Bridgend. Image: Parliament of the United Kingdom

Mr Wallis, who said he still preferred the pronouns he and he now, said he had felt that way “for a very long time.”

“I was eight years old trying to figure out what it was … because I didn’t have fast internet access and no one else in my community was at home who felt that way or who I knew.” probably, ”he said.

“So I had absolutely no idea what it was, and I remember being eight and trying to figure out if it was something that only affected me, or if there were other people who might feel it. “

“I came to the wrong conclusion. At that moment, I thought it was just me, and maybe there was a terrible mistake or something went wrong.”

“It’s stupid to live for other people”

Mr Wallis said he had spent a lot of time trying to hide who he was and “somehow run away from it” without letting people know how he felt.

“I remember being really scared, scared,” he said.

He described an important moment when he realized that he was not alone and that other people were experiencing things like him.

He said he had reached a point in his life where he decided it was “foolish to live for other people.”

“About a year ago, maybe six or eight months ago, I woke up one day and realized that I was no longer ashamed of it.

“This is me, this is what I want, and I’ve actually waited a long time to feel that way.”

Wallis said his emotional statement on Twitter last month, in which he revealed that he was transgender, was “probably inevitable” after this finding.

Following his announcement, Mr Wallis was widely praised for his bravery by members across the political spectrum, including Boris Johnson, who said his message “would require an immense amount of courage.”

‘Part of me died’

In an interview with Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Mr Wallis was asked what he said in his statement about his experience with rape.

He continued: “I met someone I liked and things started pretty well.

“Then I wasn’t okay with not doing what I thought was responsible and safe in the bedroom, so I withdrew my consent and then there it was … then he just decided he would do it anyway, and I wasn’t able to stop him. ” and part of me died at that moment, and I’ve been trying to get it back ever since. “

Asked if he had managed to get this part back, he said, “No.”

“I tried to forget about it for a few weeks and it almost worked, it almost worked, but then nightmares and memories start to appear, it starts to occupy each of your thoughts and you find that you just stare into the distance because you think.” about it again and that’s when I decided to get some help.

“As I said in my statement, I’m not okay, I’m not the person I was before it happened, but I’m at least a place where I can continue my life when I deal with it.”

Mr Wallis spoke about how many people had contacted him after his March statement to report a similar experience.

He said: “I think what is really scary is that after I said what I said, a shocking number of people joined me who told me that something similar had happened to them, and that changed my whole thinking and change has made me start to worry so much that this can be a much more ubiquitous problem than I think a lot of people think today. “

Outflow of support after blackmail

In his March statement on Twitter, he also described in detail his experience with blackmail due to his gender identity.

He said: “I was in a very dark place, someone got this information and had evidence of it and blackmailed me – but the police were fantastic.

“Not only did they take it seriously, but they achieved a successful result, so the CPS, the police, was really good.”

Mr Wallis has said he has received “an incredible amount of support” since the statement.

Asked what advice he would give to a young person struggling with his gender identity, he replied: “I have been waiting and many young people I think are tackling gender issues right now, and my advice would be, you have a long life.

“I wouldn’t wait as long as I expected, I’m 37 – maybe you can move a little faster than that – but there’s really nothing wrong with taking some time and discovering yourself and not rushing.” pick up the label or view it in any way.

“But when you know who you are and you are ready and you want to tell the world and confirm it, there are people like me waiting and we are welcome, we are friendly and we are here to help you and support.”

Check out a full interview with Jamie Wallis on Sunday’s Sophy Ridge program on Sky News from 8:30 p.m.