Meet Rachel Clarke, UK's Second Transgender Mayor

Rachel Clarke created history after she was elected as the new mayor of Bideford, Devon. The 73-year-old became the second woman to take on a mayoral position in the United Kingdom. Jenny Bailey, who served as the Mayor of Cambridgeshire between 2007-2008, was the first. Clarke was voted in as the mayor by councillors on May 16 and her inauguration took place on June 4.
Rachel Clarke, UK's Second Transgender Mayor

Rachel Clarke, UK's Second Transgender Mayor

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Rachel Clarke created history after she was elected as the new mayor of Bideford, Devon. The 73-year-old became the second woman to take on a mayoral position in the United Kingdom. Jenny Bailey, who served as the Mayor of Cambridgeshire between 2007-2008, was the first. Clarke was voted in as the mayor by councillors on May 16 and her inauguration took place on June 4.
Clarke was born male. She decided to identify as a ‘woman’ only three years ago. “On my 70th birthday I decided that I didn't know how long I had left on this planet but however long it is I want to enjoy myself.”
In 2021, Rachel Clarke became a Torridge district councillor. She became the first transgender councillor but lost her seat in May 2023 after changing parties - going from Conservative to Independent. The 73-year-old became a Bideford town councillor and served as deputy mayor last year.
Clarke's daughter Louise, 44, has accepted the role of mayoress.
Recalling her journey, Clarke said: "I became a Torridge district councillor under my male name then after my wife passed away in March 2021, I became me after waiting 70 years. I was born in 1951, just nine years after World War Two ended. It was only in 1967 that the homosexuality law changed and education about it in schools was non-existent."
She added that she knew from the age of three that 'something wasn't right'.
"I was stuck in a man's body but how could I explain that to anyone? Like a lot of men of my generation, I did the whole thing of getting married and had four daughters and now have eight grandchildren. All throughout my married life Rachel lived inside me but it was hidden from everyone until about 1983. My dad died in 1980 and enough was enough for me. I sat down with my wife and we tried to work out the best way forward."
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