Jamie Wallis, the Conservative MP for Bridgend and Porthcawl, has come out as the first openly trans member of parliament in a statement published on his website, detailing a traumatic recent history including blackmail, rape and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Wallis, who was elected in 2019, said he has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and has “felt this way since I was a very young child”.
“I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be,” he wrote. “I’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this way since I was a very young child.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked Wallis — who did not specify his preferred pronouns — for his bravery in sharing the story and offered support.
“Sharing this very intimate story would have taken an immense amount of courage. Thank you @JamieWallisMP for your bravery, which will undoubtedly support others,” Johnson tweeted.
“The Conservative Party I lead will always give you, and everyone else, the love and support you need to be yourself.”