Renowned actress and role model April Ashley is being recognised for services to equality with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
The 77-year-old transgender pioneer was the first British person to have gender reassignment in 1960 and dedicates her life to equivalence.
She was given her MBE honor, or Member of the British Empire, as part of the annual Honors list.
Ashley is currently writing her second autobiography which covers her life stores from the 1980s to the present day.
Take That's Gary Barlow was also recognised for his successful organisation of The Jubilee Concer, and actor Kenneth Branagh also received an award.