Conservative Welsh MP Jamie Wallis has come out as transgender and revealed he has been a victim of rape and blackmail.
The MP, who was elected in 2019, says he’ll continue using he/him pronouns and is reportedly the first UK politician to come out as transgender.
He explained that he’d been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and “felt this way since I was a very young child.”
“I had no intention of ever sharing this with you,” Wallis wrote in the deeply personal Twitter statement with the words “It’s time”.
“I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud.”
In the statement, the 37-year-old also opened up a series of traumatic incidents he’s experienced, including a blackmail plot.
“There was a close call in April 2020 when someone blackmailed me, outed me to my father and sent photographs to other family members,” he said.
“He wanted £50,000 to keep quiet. The police were so supportive, so understanding and on this occasion the system worked.
“He pled guilty and was sentenced to 2yrs and 9mnths in prison.
“For a while it seemed as though I would be able to get on with things and move on. Being an MP and hiding something like this was always going to be tough.
“But I arrogantly assumed I was up for it. Well, I’m not.”
He went on to recall a sexual assault he experienced towards the end of last year.
“A few months back, in September, I hooked up with someone who I met online and when I chose to say ‘no’ on the basis that he wouldn’t wear a condom he chose to rape me,” Wallis shared.
“I have not been myself since this incident and I don’t think I will ever recover.
“It is not something you ever forget, and it is not something you ever move on from.
“Since then things have really taken a tumble. I am not OK.”
— Jamie Wallis MP (@JamieWallisMP) March 30, 2022
Conservative MP says he ‘fled the scene’ of car accident
Jamie Wallis explained he was in a car crash on November 28. Wallis said he “fled the scene” because he was “terrified”.
British media reported at that time police arrested the conservative MP over the incident. In February, the MP was fined £146 over the crash.
“I have PTSD an I honestly have no idea what I was doing except I was overcome by an overwhelming sense of fear,” he said.
“I am sorry that it appears I ‘ran away’ but this isn’t how it happened in the moment.”
Jamie Wallis explained that he’d had “a lot of support” from his party and emphasised “how important it is to be yourself.”
“I have never lived my truth and I’m not sure how,” he wrote.
“Perhaps it starts with telling everyone.”
If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.
For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit qnews.com.au. Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.