Ex-boxing promoter talks candidly about her life as Frank Maloney, her suicide attempt a few years ago, and how she is closer to her family now than ever before.
It was Christmas a few years ago when Frank Maloney thought there was only one way to escape his feelings of wanting to be a woman, he tried to kill himself.
The boxing promoter that managed Lennox Lewis and David Haye to their title glories was struggling to come to terms with the collapse of his marriage because of the strong desire to live as a woman.
She has since decided to live an authentic life as Kellie, moving away from London and relocated to the Sussex coast with her two Airedale Terrier dogs, Louie and Winnie, who she credits for saving her life.
Maloney, 63, said that a lot of transgender people have tried to kill themselves because they are frightened by the consequences of letting loved ones know.
They are a group that can be vulnerable to hate crimes. Figures released by the government say that 858 recorded hate crimes in 2015/16 were motivated because a person was trans.
The National Centre for Transgender Equality found that about 40% had attempted suicide.
We all struggle for exceptions in today society trans people more than other I believe 1 trans person struggle is a struggle for all of us!!
— Kellie Maloney (@kelliefmaloney) 28 March 2017
On being Frank for over 60 years before publicly living as a woman back in 2014, she said: “I used to get up in the morning and put a suit on and go out and face the world. That suit was my protection, and that suit was Frank Maloney.”
“SELFISH B*****D! YOU Would KILL YOURSELF ON CHRISTMAS DAY?”
TRACEY MALONEY, KELLIE’S EX-WIFE
Kellie said: “It was a shock for all my children, but you know what, they were fantastic. They were constantly being bombarded with the press and they were just normal girls.”
Kellie has done many TV appearances since she transitioned, to raise awareness.
Dr Stuart Lorimer is head of Gender Care, a network of qualified healthcare practitioners in the field of gender. He also works at the UK’s largest gender identity clinic, Charing Cross in London.
He says that there is a newfound obsession amongst the public and people like Caitlyn Jenner have pushed trans into the mainstream media.
He said: “There is a part of me that wishes this would stop being the ‘cool thing’ of the moment and the media would move on and just leave us because I think there is an odd celebrity buzz around it at the moment.
“If my mother asks me about this, then I know it’s gone mainstream.”
Kellie thinks that certain medias use shock tactics, but the majority of people are more accepting nowadays.
It’s all about looking towards the future as far as Kellie is concerned, saying: “I was a trans woman but I have transitioned and as far as I’m concerned I am a woman.”
If you feel like you need further support, contact the Beaumont Society which is the largest and longest established transgender support group in the UK.