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April Ashley was one of the first trans women in British public life. She married Arthur Corbett, Baron Rowallen in 1963.

Seven years into her marriage, Baroness Rowallen was outed as trans by a tabloid newspaper. The marriage was then annulled.

Ashley died in December 2021 aged 86

Having lived in Hay-on-Wye for many years, she chose to spend the last part of her life in London. 

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