I’m Julie Clarke. I live and work on the Isle of Coll which is just of the west coast of Scotland, a 3 hour ferry journey from Oban. You’d be right if you thought living on a remote island posed certain challenges as there isn’t the more reliable amenities and services which those living on the mainland enjoy. However being ...Read More »
Julie was born in Callander in the late 1950s. Aware of feeling different from the other kids from a young age, Julie struggled with gender identity issues. Life was a constant struggle in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s as society wasn't willing or able to accept those who had taken an alternative path in life through no fault of our own. Julie suffered much discrimination and prejudice. After a 40 year battle with society she finally stepped out as Miss Julie Clarke in 2004. Having taken on that world which had rejected her for so long and won, in 2006 she became her true female self when she had full gender reassignment. In 2014 her first book was published entitled Becoming Julie which charts her struggle to become the woman she always felt she should have been from birth. After a career as a professional drummer-percussionist and also as a firefighter she now lives on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides where she works for CalMac Ferries.