Transsexual barred – By Helen Clarke

A Transsexual has been told she cannot attend women-only sessions at council leisure venues or use female changing facilities, despite her now being defined as a woman on doctors’ records.

Yvonne Rhodes, 52, of Crabbs Cross, has been living as a woman since last year and will be having a sex change operation in Thailand in June.

In 2008, Yvonne, who has been with partner Sue Edge for more than 20 years, will receive her Gender Recognition Certificate and be able to legally change her birth certificate details.

Before her operation, Yvonne needs to reduce her weight or the operation may prove dangerous, which is why she has been making the most of Redditch Council’s health and fitness facilities.

She said: “I was visited by a council officer as I’ve been using the female changing facilities.