Chloe Louise Fearn
Transgender woman bidding for beauty pageant glory
10:58, 22 MAY 2015
BY KAREN BRITTON
Chloe-Louise Fearn, 25, has entered Miss Transgander UK to help raise awareness
A transgender woman says she’s proud of who she is and has entered a pageant in her fight against misconceptions.
Chloe-Louise Fearn, 25, was born as a boy named Christopher, but always felt like she was female.
She experimented with women’s clothes but was scared to tell friends and family. It was at a time when her brother Jonathan was killed in an accident aged 14 so she found it even harder to deal with.
Eventually Chloe, of Carisbrook Avenue, Hurdsfield, found the courage to tell her mum and started the process of becoming a woman.
Now, she’s entered the Miss Transgender UK pageant and wants to break misconceptions around being transgender.
Chloe Louise Fearn
Chloe, who was born in Macclesfield but went to school in Knutsford, said: “Some people believe it’s a mental disorder which is untrue. They think transgender people are gay but that’s not true. Transgender is about gender identity, not sexual orientation. A person is a person no matter what, a transgender woman is a woman and a transgender man is a man, we’re not trying to trick anyone.
“I’ve entered Miss Transgender UK because I’m proud of who I am.”
Chloe has gender dysphoria, a mismatch between a person’s biological sex and gender identity. She was referred to a clinic in London and lived as a woman for two years before taking hormones to give her a more female body. Chloe hopes to have surgery to complete her transition.
She was named Christopher Scott at birth but changed her name by deed poll – choosing her mum’s maiden name – and is legally a woman.
Chloe said: “I always felt like I didn’t have the body I was supposed to have. When I started growing breast tissue I was over the moon.
“The first time I went out as a woman was a big deal. I felt like everyone was staring at me. Now I love clothes and make up and dressing up to go out.
“I’ve had some hard times, but I’ve had no trouble since being back in Macclesfield. I’ve never met another transgender person in Macclesfield but I believe there are.
“It’s more acceptable now. I’m proud to be transgender and have the right to be happy just like anyone else.”
Chloe will take part in the Manchester heat of Miss Transgender UK and hopes to make the final in London.
Show your support for Chloe and go to misstransgenderuk.com to vote.