The LGBT community has continually made news headlines the past couple years, and for good reason. Ever since same-sex marriage became legal in all fifty states in June of 2015, acceptance is more commonplace than ever before. Gay and transgender rights are an important part of society, and we are only getting started.
Society wasn't always so kind to people with different views or sexual preferences. Standing out was often frowned upon and therefore avoided, especially if you served in the armed forces. One WWII veteran struggled with this unfavorable truth.
Peter Davies was born in London, England, and went on to serve in the British army from 1945-1948. As World War II was coming to a close, Davies still couldn't find peace. The soldier was hiding an unthinkable secret that could never see the light of day.
4. The Armed Forces Weren't So Accepting Of Transgender Or Gay Individuals
Davies was born a man but always identified as a girl. Davies couldn't reveal her true identity while serving in the armed forces unless she wanted to face torment or even end up in prison. It wasn't until now that she is embracing everything that she truly is — inside and out.
5. Patricia Davies Is Becoming The Woman She Always Knew She Was
She started hormone therapy last year, and she has slowly come out to her neighbors. This WWII veteran feels accepted and full of life for the first time. Davies explains her life wasn't always as open and honest.
Davies knew by the age of three that she was very different. Transgender rights were not even an afterthought at that time, and she explains that she had to keep her true identity a secret. She explains that even the medical community didn't understand transgender individuals, and "they didn’t realize it was something that you could not cure."
Davies got her first taste of being her authentic self when she came out to her wife in 1987. Her wife was more than accepting and even allowed Davies to wear women's clothing and jewelry at home. This was Davies' first step to becoming who she really is, and one major event led her to come out to the entire world.
Davies' wife passed away six years ago, and she decided to take her transformation to the next level. After 63 years of being happily married, she was now moving on to the next chapter of her life. She came out to her doctor, began hormone therapy, and is now embracing the woman she is.
The courage of Patricia Davies and her incredible story has taken Twitter by storm. She is an inspiration to people across the world who just want to be accepted for who they are, and not what society portrays them to be.
10. Davies' Story Allows Us To Appreciate The Time We Live In
Patricia Davies wasn't sure how people would respond, but her neighbors were nothing but encouraging. They told her "don’t worry, as long as you’re happy," and she is definitely following their advice.
12. This 90-Year-Old Isn't Letting Her Age Slow Her Down
Davies claims the best thing about coming out "is being accepted as a woman. That has been something I’ve wanted all of my life.” You're never too old to be the person you want to be, and it's never too late to make a change — no matter how extraordinary.