A Queensland paramedic has opened up about her gender transition and the “support and love” she received from colleagues in a powerful Facebook post on the International Transgender Day of Visibility on Sunday.
March 31 has been recognised as the International Transgender Day of Visibility since 2009, and it’s a day to celebrate the lives and achievements of trans and gender diverse people in the community.
Jennifer explained in a post on the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Facebook page that she has been working as a paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) for 11 years.
“For 10 of those years I have had a secret: I am transgender. I have known I was transgender since I was four years old but have sadly spent 33 years of my life living as something I am not,” Jennifer wrote in the post.
Jennifer said she decided to tell her colleagues about her transition on the International Transgender Day of Visibility last year.
“Last year on this day I came out openly as transgender to my colleagues through a letter and email which detailed my transition which had begun several months earlier,” she wrote.
“In the 12 months since that day I can say that I am a proud transgender woman and a proud paramedic in the QAS.
“The support, love, inclusiveness, and care that has been shown to me throughout the QAS with my transition has been amazing and often brings tears to my eyes.
“Because of my transition and the support I have received, I am now able to be who I was always supposed to be, and I am so much happier for it.”
Jennifer said by sharing her story, she wanted to inspire other transgender people to join the emergency medical services.
“I am proud to tell the public, my patients, friends and family about how much QAS has supported me on my journey,” Jennifer explained.
“I hope that through sharing my journey with you all today, others in the QAS that are transgender can feel safe to be who they truly are, and those who are wishing to join the QAS in the future who are transgender, know that they are welcome.”
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