MBE for transgender campaigner April Ashley
Reposted from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-20708017
The first Briton to undergo sex-change surgery is to receive her MBE medal for services to transgender equality later.
Liverpool-born actress and campaigner April Ashley will be honoured during the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.
Born George Jamieson in Liverpool in 1935, she underwent gender reassignment surgery in Morocco in 1960.
She went on to have a successful modelling career, often appearing in Vogue magazine.
Her divorce in 1970 from Arthur Corbett made the headlines when the judge ruled that despite her surgery she remained a biological man and therefore the marriage was invalid and annulled.
The ruling ended the hopes of any transsexuals marrying until 2004 when the Gender Recognition Act allowed people to legally change gender.
Ms Ashley was made an MBE in this summer's Queen's Birthday Honours list.