Having looked at the number of qualifiers that Pink News had to put onto their claim that Emily Brothers is the first openly trans Parliamentary candidate it should come as no surprise to find that the claim (now being touted by national newspapers) is false. Brothers is not the first by a long shot. That accolade belongs to Alexandra MacRae, a Scottish candidate for the SNP in Glasgow Provan, way back in 1992.
I’ve spoken before about how a Newsround piece in 1992 sparked my attention and first made me aware that transsexuality existed. Her name may have slipped my memory (thanks to Zoë O’Connell for tracking her down) but MacRae’s image has stuck with me for over twenty years now, and probably will stick with me for the rest of my life. She’s the reason that I was able to find out more about the feelings I’ve had all my life.
She’s the reason I could look up what to do about my condition when I first got Internet access at home (I’d been online for six years by that point but having access from the bedroom meant actually being able to run a search in privacy).
So, naturally, I am angered when someone comes along trying to erase MacRae from history. She may have been a convicted embezzler but that doesn’t mean this Labour jenny-come-lately can steal her crown; especially not after making a big thing about supposed honesty.
Honestly works both ways, Emily. Next time you want to make such a big claim, it would be wise to do your homework first.