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An MP has been flooded with support after revealing he is trans.
In a statement posted after attending a dinner for Conservative MPs, Jamie Wallis who was elected to parliament in 2019 shared their gender dysphoria diagnosis and also said he had been blackmailed and sexually assaulted in the last two years.
Wallis said there is "a lot that goes on in MP's lives" and whips "play an important wellbeing role" to support MPs "who are having a tough time".
"I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be. I’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this way since I was a very young child. I had no intention of ever sharing this with you. I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud."
Wallis added he had been blackmailed in April 2020 by someone who outed them to their father" and sent photographs to other family members."
"He wanted £50,000 to keep quiet," they wrote. "The police were so supportive, so understanding and on this occasion the system worked. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison."
Then in September 2021, Wallis said he "hooked up" with someone they met online and were assaulted.
"When I chose to say ‘no’ on the basis that he wouldn’t wear a condom he chose to rape me. I have not been myself since this incident and I don’t think I will ever recover. It is not something you ever forget, and it is not something you ever move on from."
"Since then things have really taken a tumble," the continued. They said "I am not OK and revealed they have PTSD.
"I have never lived my truth and I’m not sure how. Perhaps it starts with telling everyone."
Wallis received widespread praise from people from across the political spectrum after posting the statement on Twitter:
I hope your courage is met with the kindness, support and understanding it deserves.
This is an incredibly brave statement. I sincerely hope it is met with love and empathy in the media and Westminster.\n\n@JamieWallisMP, I\u2019m so sorry that you\u2019ve been through this. You can count on support across political divides as you live your true life and recover from PTSD.https://twitter.com/jamiewallismp/status/1508984487102844931\u00a0\u2026
Sharing this very intimate story would have taken an immense amount of courage. Thank you @JamieWallisMP for your bravery, which will undoubtedly support others.\n\nThe Conservative Party I lead will always give you, and everyone else, the love and support you need to be yourself.https://twitter.com/JamieWallisMP/status/1508984487102844931\u00a0\u2026
Wallis has since confirmed that he will continue to use he/him pronouns. In a separate statement, the MP said:
"I wanted to thank everyone for the huge outpouring of support I have received following my previous statement.
"This is all very new to me. It’s taken a long time for me to come to terms with my gender dysphoria. It is a deeply personal matter and I had hoped to continue to keep this private until after I had finished my term as the Member of Parliament for Bridgend.
"I am overwhelmed by the kindness and support I have received in the last few hours. I am proud to be completely open and honest about the struggles I have had, and continue to have, with my identity. However, I remain the same person I was yesterday. For the time being, I will continue to present as I always have and will use he/him/his pronouns."
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