True Colours

Caroline Paige

Caroline Paige

With Caroline Paige

Trailblazing Transgender Service in the Military  


The untold story of what it meant to be transgender in the British military before and after permissive service. From 1980 to 2014, the highs and the lows, in peacetime and in war.

Caroline Paige retired from the Royal Air Force in Nov 2014 following a 35-year military career, as a navigator and tactics specialist, initially flying air-defence fighters and then battlefield helicopters. In 1999, she became the first officer to transition gender in the UK’s Armed Forces, and to serve openly on the frontline, flying missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. True Colours reveals the challenges of trailblazing transgender service in an environment historically hostile to LGBT personnel, and how she succeeded in shaping understanding, support and inclusion, inspiring others to follow.

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