The Oldie awarded a transgender campaigner

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The Oldie have celebrated the moving cultural shift towards embracing transgender rights, the magazine focused on 50+ readership circle has awarded the 82-year-old trans rights activist April Ashley with the Ahead Of Her Time accolade, and she is the first transgender woman to be honored this way. As one of the first British people to undergo reassignment surgery in 1960 the age of 25, having saved £3,000, Ashley had a seven-hour-long sex reassignment surgery in 12 May 1960, performed in Casablanca, Morocco. She was forcefully outed as trans and it almost damaged her life completely but she rose up and succeeded as a model and a writer. The ceremony, which was was attended by the likes of Judi Dench, Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman and Jilly Cooper, heralded a day of celebrations. The judges, which included Rachel Johnson, Roger Lewis, Maureen Lipman and Craig Brown, selected a host of other celebrity lifetime achievers.

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