Transgender TV Journalist, India Willoughby, will become Britain’s first Transgender News Presenter
India worked for ITV regional news for 10 years while presenting male before leaving in 2010 to undergo gender reassignment therapy.
“ITV have been fantastic, it hasn’t been weird or awkward and they have just welcomed me back. I didn’t feel nervous at all when I walked back through the door again, they made me feel like I was home.
“I am just getting my toes back into the water for now, I have a lot to catch up on from over the last 10 years and all of the technology has changed massively.
“There are obviously a lot of new faces but I can still have the same banter with the old ones – they have realised that I am the still the same person, I just look different on the outside.” She told Metro
“I don’t think that there have been people like me in the public eye in this country before – I wouldn’t want to make myself out to be some kind of an example or anything but it just shows how the nature of TV has changed for the better. I don’t think that I would have been accepted a few years ago.” She added.
India came out to her son, then 16, in a letter that she handed him after a meal out.
According to India, her son replied: “It changes nothing. You’re still my parent.”
In a statement, ITV said: “We’re pleased to have India on the Border and Tyne Tees reporting team.”