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77 Year Old Transgender Activist Honored By The Queen of England

77 year old transgender activist April Ashley has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)

The recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours has thrilled the 77-year-old. “It’s unbelievable and wonderful and especially fantastic to receive it in the year of Her Majesty’s Jubilee,” she said yesterday, at home in Fulham, south-west London. She declined to speak until she had finished watching the Trooping of the Colour. Duncan Fallowell, her biographer, said: “It makes me proud to be British. Proud of an establishment that can make such an award, perhaps a rather eccentric award.”

The MBE is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom.  The Order’s motto is For God and the Empire. It is the most junior of the British orders of chivalry, and the largest, with over 100,000 living members worldwide

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