7 Questions – Poppy Ann
Welcome Poppy Ann, a trans woman, grandmother, former British solider, and current sailboat resident.
1) What’s your name? Chosen or otherwise.
My Name is now Miss Poppy Ann Lynagh-Smith. The ‘Poppy’ part was chosen by my daughter, who said it will make it easier on my grandchildren as they did know me as ‘pirate popps’ due to my living on a sail boat. I added ‘Ann’ as it was my sister’s second name. She died at age 21, so I took it in memory of her.
2) Who has been most supportive of your transition?
Up to now everyone I have met has been very supportive. Only my ex-wife and son are not so, but it has been a very large shock to him and I understand how hard it must be for him to see his dad become a woman. My ex-wife understands what I am doing but wants nothing to do with my changing. My cross-dressing was one of the reasons she decided to leave me to start with. All my friends have said either “We have treated you as female for years”, or “It’s about time! We expected you to do this years ago.”
3) What do most enjoy about your life since beginning transition?
That I can now dress and act how I have wanted to all my life, that I no longer need to hide who I am.
4) Who are your trans role models?
I don’t have any role models. I do not know anyone who has gone through transition before me.
5) What change(s) would you most like to see in the world?
For people to be able to dress and act as they want to without any trouble or made to feel they are wrong for doing it. As long as it does not hurt anyone else, they should be able to do what they want and that other people should just accept them for who they are and not try to change them so everyone is the same.
6) What are you doing to make those changes happen?
I am very open about who I am and what I am. I don’t try to hide who I am or what I have gone through to get here.
7) Tell us something, anything, special and unique about you.
Not a lot to tell. I served in the British army for 12 years but was injured in an accident which damaged my back and for the last 11 years have been living on a sail boat out in the Caribbean sailing around the islands. For the last 8+ years I have worn skirts or dresses and just told people that I feel better that way, and most people have been ok with it. I never tried to hide who I was but I have to admit I never understood what i was until recently. When I suggested to my doctor that I thought I may be transgendered, he told me he knows I am, and that was the first time I had considered it seriously.