A lawmaker in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party said on Wednesday he planned to change his gender identity, which would make him Britain's first openly transgender member of Parliament, a decision he said followed a series of harrowing episodes in his personal life.
Jamie Wallis, 37, who represents an area in Wales, said in a statement he was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and has "felt this way" since he was a child.
In a highly personal statement, Wallis detailed a series of traumatic incidents over the past two years, including being raped after refusing to have sex with someone he met online, becoming the subject of a blackmail attempt over his gender dysphoria, and fleeing the scene after he crashed a car.
"For the time being, I will continue to present as I always have and will use he/him/his pronouns," Wallis said in a further statement.
The statement was met with messages of support from the prime minister, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Northern Ireland Minister Brandon Lewis, and other members of parliament.
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