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Aylesbury trans woman shares story to give hope to others

Marteene says more people should report hate crimes against them, to break down stigmas.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:43am 28th March 2019. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury trans woman shares story to give hope to others

After dealing with hate crime herself, a transgender woman from Aylesbury is encouraging others to report it.

Marteene says there are hundreds of trans people in the Vale, but many are too scared to come out.

She has shared her story with us, to try and give hope to others.

This was what Marteene told us about life before coming out:

After coming out, at first to her daughter and eventually to work colleagues, Marteene says so much has changed:

"Before I was very much in a shell.

"I would talk to people, but I didn't have many friends.

"The minute I came out and started speaking to people, it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders.

"Yes, I was scared, because you don't know how people are going to react. But 99% of people are fine."

Marteene Pringle

She's now working to set up a support network in the town and is encouraging more transgender people to report hate crime, as well:

"The reason why I want to tell my story is because, you are human, don't be scared, just be who you are going to be.

"There is plenty of support out there.

"Not everybody is strong, but you need people who are strong to help them get to where they need to be. That's my aim, especially around Aylesbury."

The aim is to also encourage more people who are victims of hate crime, whether trans or not, to report it to police.

Marteene told us not enough people do, as they feel police won't act, but she says from personal experience, officers will listen and investigate.

Marteene is an ambassador for the charity Sparkle, who support the transgender community.

She has also set up a Facebook page for Aylesbury Vale, with the aim to create a network of support.

If you are under 18, or your child is under 18, and trans, you can find support here.

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