Transgender Policeman, who lived whole life as a man self-identifies as a woman after 19 years on the force
A police officer has revealed she is transgender and is now identifying as a woman after nearly two decades on the force.
West Midlands Police officer Skye Morden said she always knew she was transgender but 'kept it a secret for years.'
The 44-year-old has now come out as a woman after splitting from her wife.
PC Morden is on a waiting list for physical transitioning treatment but must first 'socially transition' to demonstrate her commitment to doctors.
She said that means, 'wearing a wig and using some crayons.'
The force shared PC Morden's story online but it sparked a backlash from some who questioned whether the officer would be given powers to carry out searches of female suspects.
Others criticised PC Morden for posing with a Taser.
It remains unclear whether PC Morden carries out frontline duties or is based solely in the Taser training team.
According to guidance issued by the Association of Chief of Police Officers (which has since been replaced by the National Police Chiefs Council), any officer with a gender recognition certificate can carry out searches on an individual whose gender matches that now recorded for the officer.
Under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, trans people who have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years can make an application for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) to the Gender Recognition Panel at the Tribunals Service.
Once granted, this enables the person to legally change their gender. It is not essential for an individual to have had surgery or have hormonal treatment in order to be granted a GRC.
PC Morden added: 'I have always known I was transgender, even before I knew there was a word for it.
'But I kept it a secret for decades - I never knew how to come out to friends, family and colleagues.
'I've been one of 14 officers holding a police line against an angry mob of more than 1,000 people.
'And I've been surrounded by a gang of burglars armed with baseball bats and hammers.
'But none of that is as terrifying as walking out as a transgender woman in front of 30 police officers on a tactical training course that I've never met before.
'We're undoubtedly in a more tolerant era now than 10 or 20 years ago – that's what held me back from coming out earlier – but it's still scary.'
Pc Morden joined West Midlands Police in 2001 and was one of the first officers in the force to be trained with an X26 Taser.
She revealed she came out as trans to her supervisor in 2018 but only in the last few weeks, 'has she been true to herself in front of officers under her tutorage.'
The 44-year-old has faced transphobic abuse online since coming out, but says her colleagues have been supportive and helped her weather the storm.
She added: 'Since I was young I always knew something was different inside of me, that my head and identity didn't match my physical self. This has caused near constant worry, anxiety and stress which I have tried to hide, ignore, run from and bluster my way through.
'This past year I simply had enough. I realised that I needed to be me, I needed to be true to myself, I needed to do this for my own sanity.
'Since plucking up the courage to come out to colleagues at work the support and love I've had has been incredible.
Source: The Daily Mail
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