The Roberta Cowell Gay Times Honour (Trailblazers) April Ashley MBE (b. 1935)
In 1951, Roberta Cowell became the first known British transsexual woman to undergo gender confirmation surgery.
April Ashley lost everything in 1961 when she was unceremoniously outed as transgender by a national newspaper. Resilient and courageous, her resolve to never give up or be held back in the face of adversity has inspired generations since.