Ellerslie – a mother’s story

Lexie Matheson used to be Lex Matheson. She found love with Cushla as a man, marrying and preparing to live as husband and wife. But Lexie always knew she was a woman trapped in a man’s body. Her search for identity led to a sex change, but also created a terrible difficulty for a woman who also wanted to be a wife, as well as mother to Finn, the boy conceived before the operation. If she completed her journey by changing her birth certificate, it would dissolve the marriage because same-sex marriages were not allowed. When people asked who Louisa Wall’s marriage equality actually affected, Lexie may have been the only person in the country who could genuinely say it affected her in a material way.

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