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Dr Victoria McCloud becomes UK’s first transgender High Court Judge

Breaking All Gender Stereotypes And Rising Above All, Dr Victoria McCloud, Formerly Known As Dr Jason Williams, Has Become The First Transgender Judge To Be Appointed In The High Court In United Kingdom.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Hina Khan | Updated on: 10 Feb 2016, 09:19:11 PM

New Delhi :

Breaking all gender stereotypes and rising above all, Dr Victoria McCloud, formerly known as Dr Jason Williams, has become the first transgender judge to be appointed in the High Court in United Kingdom.

Dr Victoria McCloud graduated from Christ Church College, Oxford in 1993 with a degree in psychology and a doctorate. A year later, she completed a law conversion course and was called to the bar in 1995. She has also authored several legal handbooks and a letter to a Royal College of Psychiatry journal that talks about transitioning from male to female.

As the first transgender judge McCloud makes a record of being the youngest-ever Master in the High Court - a judge who deals with civil action cases.

Though she has never spoken publicly about her transgender status but has garnered praise for her bold decision.

A member of a transgender support group in Kent said, “Transgender people were objects of ridicule in the past. They were afraid to come out publicly at all about who they were. This is another person being courageous enough to say we're here, we're in all walks of life.” A spokesperson from the judiciary said that there is an increasingly diverse workforce in British courts and added, “judges come from all walks of life reflecting society in general.”

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First Published : 10 Feb 2016, 09:14:00 PM