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The truth about the Squaddie who became a Muslim woman

by | 5th, September 2013

LsBTzfm IN “SQUADDIE BECOMES MUSLIM WOMAN “, the Sun talks of Lucy Vallender , who had a sex change in 2010 and converted to Islam last year.

As one soldier says:

Brilliant, if true. What will the Iman think about it? Sadly it seems you need to log into The Sun to read all the sordid details.Hopefully The Daily Mail will do it all again in the morning.

Another asks :

“What does mumsnet have to say about it”

Our issues with the story are:

* When does a civilian who joined the TA become a squaddie?

* Why is the Muslim angle delivered as tabloid shocker?

The Mail duly covers the story the next day:

A former trained soldier has swapped her Territorial Army beret for a veil and become Britain’s first transgender Muslim woman.

No. She had quit the TA well before becoming a Muslim. Lucy, now 28, joined in 2001. She was in the TA for a year. As Lucy says:

“Joining the TA was my final attempt at trying to fit in to that kind of life but I couldn’t handle it anymore and left after about a year… I was so nervous and at first I could hardly form the words, but I told him [her doctor] I wanted to be a woman and he said ‘ok’ – that was that.”


She then went back to work as a Ministry of Defence kitchen porter.

But “KITCHEN PORTER HAS SEX CHANGE!” lacks punch. So the story of the kitchen porter who became a woman waited a few years. Then Lucy investigated her spirituality:

“I had thought about it for a while but it is such a taboo I thought. But I did it because it is a nice religion – so peaceful. I felt good and I had something to believe in. I felt happy and relieved at last – the happiest I’ve ever felt in my life.”

Months later, she met and married Murad online.

“I didn’t tell him I was transsexual but he must have suspected it as he’s seen my scars.”

Apparently, they have met twice since the happy day.

And then the Mail gets to its point:

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