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True Colours: an inspiring airwoman's account of overcoming gender identity adversity to serve with pride and distinction

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Criss-crossing many foreign battle lines, True Colours is the unflinchingly honest and inspirational account of one remarkable woman’s venerable military career in the British military and the struggle she overcame while grappling with gender identity on the quest for acceptance.

In the global theatre of contemporary warfare, courage and endurance are crucial for overcoming adversity.

However, for Caroline Paige, a jet and helicopter navigator in the Royal Air Force, adversity was a common companion both on and off the field of battle.

Already a highly respected aviator, Paige transitioned gender in 1999, rising against the extraordinary challenges placed before her to remain on the front line in the war on terror, serving a further sixteen years and flying battlefield helicopters in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Detailing the emotional complexities of her transition, Paige reveals the external threats she faced in warzones around the world and the internal conflict she suffered while fighting prejudice at home.

The result is a story of secrecy and vulnerability, of fear and courage, of challenge and hope.

The book is now available in hardcopy or ecopy format from Biteback Publishing

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About the Author
Author: Staff Writers
Contributors from the DEFGLIS membership, community and the Australian Defence Force.
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