Chloe-Louise en­ters pageant to fly the flag for trans­gen­ders

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ATRANS­GEN­DER woman says she’s proud of who she is and has en­tered a pageant in her fight against mis­con­cep­tions.

Chloe-Louise Fearn, 25, was born as a boy named Christo­pher, but al­ways felt like she was fe­male. She ex­per­i­mented with women’s clothes but was scared to tell friends and fam­ily. It was at a time when her brother Jonathan was killed in an ac­ci­dent aged 14 so she found it even harder to deal with.

Even­tu­ally Chloe, of Caris­brook Av­enue, Hurds­field, found the courage to tell her mum and started the process of be­com­ing a woman.

Now, she’s en­tered the Miss Trans­gen­der UK pageant and wants to break mis­con­cep­tions around be­ing trans­gen­der.

Chloe, who was born in Macclesfield but went to school in Knutsford, said: “Some peo­ple be­lieve it’s a men­tal dis­or­der which is un­true. They think trans­gen­der peo­ple are gay but that’s not true. Trans­gen­der is about gen­der iden­tity, not sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. A per­son is a per­son no mat­ter what, a trans­gen­der woman is a woman and a trans­gen­der man is a man, we’re not try­ing to trick any­one.

“I’ve en­tered Miss Trans­gen­der UK be­cause I’m proud of who I am.”

Chloe has gen­der dys­pho­ria, a mis­match be­tween a per­son’s bi­o­log­i­cal sex and gen­der iden­tity. She was re­ferred to a clinic in Lon­don and lived as a woman for two years be­fore tak­ing hor­mones to give her a more fe­male body. Chloe hopes to have surgery to com­plete her tran­si­tion.

She was named Christo­pher Scott at birth but changed her name by deed poll - choos­ing her mum’s maiden name - and is legally a woman.

Chloe said: “I al­ways felt like I didn’t have the body I was sup­posed to have. When I started grow­ing breast tis­sue I was over the moon.

“The first time I went out as a woman was a big deal. I felt like ev­ery­one was star­ing at me. Now I love clothes and make up and dress­ing up to go out.

“I’ve had some hard times, but I’ve had no trou­ble since be­ing back in Macclesfield. I’ve never met an­other trans­gen­der per­son in Macclesfield but I be­lieve there are.

“It’s more ac­cept­able now. I’m proud to be trans­gen­der and have the right to be happy just like any­one else.”

Chloe will take part in the Manch­ester heat of Miss Trans­gen­der UK and hopes to make the fi­nal in Lon­don.

Show your sup­port for Chloe and go to mis­strans­gen­ to vote.

“I’m proud of who I am”

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