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LONDON — Jamie Wallis made history on Wednesday by becoming the first member of parliament (MP) in the UK to come out as trans.

Wallis, a Tory representing Bridgend, Wales, posted a declaration announcing, “I’m Trans. Or to be more precise, I want to be.

“I was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and have felt that way since I was very young,” added Wallis, who will continue to use his pronouns.

The 37-year-old lawmaker confessed he ‘never intended to share this’, imagining he ‘would be leaving politics long before I said it out loud’. He ‘arrogantly assumed’ he could be an MP and hid his identity until it became too much for him.

The announcement was welcomed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other politicians, praising Wallis for his bravery.

“Sharing this very intimate story would have required a huge dose of courage. Thank you [Jamie Wallis] for your bravery, which will no doubt support others,” Johnson tweeted. “The Conservative Party I lead will always give you and everyone else the love and support you need to be who you are.”

Hours before Wallis’ statement, Johnson made a “light-hearted joke” about trans people at a Tuesday evening dinner between Tory MPs, BBC News reported. “Good evening ladies and gentlemen – or, as Keir Starmer would say, people who are assigned female or male at birth,” Johnson said, referring to Starmer’s decision not to answer whether a woman may have a penis.

In his statement, Wallis detailed a “close call” in 2020 where he said someone “blackmailed me, exposed me to my dad, and sent photos to other family members.” . According to Wallis, this person wanted £50,000 to shut up, but the author later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.

“The police were so supportive, so understanding and on this occasion the system worked,” Wallis said.

Wallis also said he was raped months ago after refusing to have sex with someone he met online who wouldn’t wear a condom. “I haven’t been myself since this incident and I don’t think I will ever recover from it. It’s not something you ever forget, and it’s not something you leave,” he said.

“Since then things have really gone downhill. I’m not fine,” Wallis said.

Wallis also crashed his car last November, he said, and fled the scene “because I was terrified”.

“I have PTSD and honestly I have no idea what I was doing except I was overwhelmed with an overwhelming sense of fear,” he said.

But Wallis “remembered the incredible support those you work with can give” at the dinner where Johnson allegedly made the joke. “Plus, I was reminded how important it is to be yourself,” he added.

The Guardian reported that the Prime Minister was asked to apologize for his remarks.

“Actions speak louder than words,” said Ben Howlett, a former Conservative MP and chair of an independent LGBTQ+ commission. “Making a joke at the expense of trans people in private and then saying he supports trans people on social media raises more than an eyebrow. He needs to be called and he should apologize.

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