POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR LGBT –
Rebecca was the first known transgender women to have undergone gender reassignment surgery back in 1991 in Ireland, and as a result lost her career as a hair and makeup artist and model agent. A heartbreaking journey saw Rebecca diagnosed with aids and turn to prostitution, drugs and alcohol. After completing rehab she began to rebuild her life and co-wrote her memoir ‘His name is Rebecca’, which was a great success in Ireland and gave people an insight into the stigma she faced. Rebecca has participated in a host of campaigns with the Terence Higgins Trust around HIV awareness, in addition to LGBT campaigns for MasterCard, American Express and Barclaycard. She is also a Positive Voices Coordinator and goes around the UK educating young people about HIV prevention. As an out trans woman at a time when it wasn’t understood or accepted, Rebecca has shown strength and resilience, and pushed through against all odds.
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