- Thursday, 22 September 2011
- Written by phinea
A transgender woman has been appointed as an ambassador for transsexuals visiting the 2012 London Olympics. Delia Johnson, 55, from Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire started the journey towards becoming a woman 18 months ago.
She has now been appointed to the role which will help to promote the London games as the most diverse and inclusive ever.
The job advert describes the role as: 'To ensure the Olympic accreditation process for all employees, visitors, franchisees and suppliers runs smoothly, timely, at low stress and at a low risk to the business.'
Speaking about the new role, Delia, who also runs an advisory service for transgender people, said: 'It's more than being a token transgender person.
'They wanted someone confident and media-savvy who won't be scared of talking to the public, the press and foreign states people if necessary.
'I'm really looking forward to it. However it is a little bit daunting to think that I could be meeting dignitaries from some parts of the world where people like me would face execution.'
The Olympic Committee is following its ideal that the games should be open to everybody - regardless of race, creed, disability or sexual preference.
Delia, who also runs an advisory service for transgender people, added: 'I think it is fantastic. The online Olympic shop even sells pin badges with the official rainbow colours for diversity.'