UK’s Oldest Sex Change Donna Smith on ITV This Morning…Posted: November 30, 2011
Donna’s story about how she had a sex change at the age of 69 – she is now aged 74 – has been placed via Featureworld with the Sunday Mirror and MailOnline.
But Donna’s biggest dream was to appear on ITV’s This Morning and to sit on the sofa with presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield. And we are delighted that we’ve been able to make that wish come true for Donna.
Donna said: “A friend contacted Alison to ask her about doing a story. I was a little wary – I’ve encountered so much prejudice in my life and so much unhappiness and I did wonder if doing a story in the press was the right thing.
“But after talking it over with Alison I decided to go ahead. One reason was because I believe it is only by getting stories like mine out into the public eye that such prejudice will eventually no longer exist at all. All my copy was read back to me so I had absolutely no surprises when I opened the paper and saw my story. Alison wrote my story exactly as it was and it was moving to see it there in black and white.
“I can honestly say since my article appeared in the Sunday Mirror and Daily Mail my life has changed beyond all belief. Many people where I lived have no idea I’ve had a sex change but everyone has been so supportive and it is lovely that now everyone knows. I’ve even been stopped in the street by well-wishers saying well done.
“When Alison told me ITV This Morning wanted me on their show I was overjoyed – it was a dream come true. I can’t describe how happy doing this has made me and how enjoyable the whole process has been.”
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