Caroline Paige reflects on her book and life as a transgender woman in the military

Caroline Paige reflects on her book and life as a transgender woman in the military

Paige was the first transgender officer to transition and serve openly in the RAF

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Caroline Paige came on to talkRADIO today to discuss her life and new book with Paul Ross

Paige, born Eric Cookson, was the first officer to serve openly in the military as a transgender woman, working in the Royal Air Force.

She has written and published her book about her experiences called True Colours: My Life as the First Openly Transgender Officer in the British Armed Forces. 

She told Paul Ross: "My expected reaction was mixed, really.

"There was a community I hoped would welcome it, and there’s a certain part of the population who will absolutely hate it.

“For me, it’s really exciting. It tells my story, and in doing so, helping people to understand what it means to be transgender.

"What I found [during her time in the military] was the people who weren’t sure or didn’t understand what it meant to be transgender were susceptible to the bullies or people talking negatively.

"Once I spoke to them, they realised I was just a person doing a job and doing no-one any harm."

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