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Former Edmonton resident returns to Enfield to launch book after sex change

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

  • Lee David Carter launching memoir Living with Lisa at Enfield Town's Waterstones bookshop

A former Edmonton resident who underwent a sex change returned to the borough at the weekend to launch a book about his life story.

Lee David Carter was born Lisa Carter at Chase Farm Hospital, in The Ridgeway, and lived in Chester Road for 19 years.

The 48 year-old signed copies of his memoir ‘Living with Lisa’ on Saturday at Enfield Town’s Waterstones bookshop in Church Street.

By the age of 41 Lee was so overwhelmed with the feeling of being trapped inside a woman’s body that he made the drastic decision to have gender reassignment surgery.

He always felt he was born in the wrong body and couldn’t identify himself as female.

At 16 Lee left Salisbury Secondary School, in Turin Road, Edmonton, and during the 1980s studied at Southgate Technical College, as it was called then, in High Street, Southgate.

Whilst setting up a cleaning company in his twenties, Lee performed at Southgate’s Chicken Shed Theatre, in Chase Side.

“My sexuality made it difficult to fit in but acting was a way of escaping,” he said.

He described his torment as Gender Dysphoria which is a condition when a person is distressed because their gender identity and biological sex are different.

Growing up with a sister and brother, Lee was more prone to playing stereotypical boy games which he says was the beginning of his condition.

“Whilst my sister was playing with dolls I was climbing trees and playing football with my brother and his friends,” he recalls.

He said it was very difficult to talk about his condition growing up during the 1970s and 1980s as those issues were never spoken about.

Before his operation Lee had physical relationships with women but didn’t identify himself as a lesbian.

“I always felt like a man and dated straight women so I didn’t see myself as a lesbian,” he explained.

He described waking up each morning as a woman as “painful”, and hated having a female body with breasts which he bandaged over so they weren’t visible through his clothes.

After being referred to a doctor for gender reassignment surgery, Lee had to be assessed to ensure he was mentally fit for the transition.

He had to live as a man for a year before surgery started, and was given hormone replacement therapy injections to promote testosterone.

Lee went through five major operations to completely change his gender including a mastectomy, hysterectomy, phalloplasty - construction of the penis – and had a device installed so it functions.

Lee recalls experiencing paranormal activities before his operations and says feathers from his guardian angel suddenly fell from the air.

“I felt the angels around me,” he said. “I felt their presence – it was a profound feeling.”

Lee was sent a gender recognition certificate confirming by law he is male which has been changed on his passport, driving licence and birth certificate.

He lives in Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex and is waiting until he finds “the right woman” to have a relationship with.

“I would like to get married one day,” he said. “I feel completely fulfilled to be a man and very happy.”

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