Championing transsexuals rights – By Helen Clarke

A transsexual from Redditch is championing the rights of other gender-swapping people from across the region.

Yvonne Rhodes, 52, of Crabbs Cross, is now the West Midlands regional contact representative for the Gender Trust.

She first appeared in the Advertiser in January when she was fighting for her right to attend women-only sessions at Redditch Council leisure facilities.

Yvonne, who has been with partner Sue Edge for more than 20 years, will be having her sex change operation in Thailand in June and, in 2008, will receive her Gender Recognition Certificate and be legally able to change the details on her birth certificate.

She is already defined as a woman on doctors’ records.