Digital Transgender Archive

April Ashley is a British model and transwoman who became well known in England when she was outed in 1961. The court case for a 1970 annulment from then husband Arthur Corbett (Corbett v. Corbett) established a legal precedent regarding the status of transwomen in the United Kingdom. The annulment was granted on the basis of sex assigned at birth, a precedent that was not overturned until the passage of the Gender Recognition Act of 2004. Ashley has since won the Lifetime Achievement honour at the European Diversity Awards and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2012 for her contribution to the trans community.


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