'I was born this way': Teenage transsexual reveals how Lady Gaga inspired him to have full sex change
A teen transsexual who is celebrating after getting the green light to become a woman has revealed how he was inspired by singer Lady Gaga.
Cambell Kenneford, 16, dreamed of being a female model – despite being born a man.
Now the student, from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, plans to get gender realignment surgery following two years of hormone treatment which has recently been approved by doctors.
Idol: Cambell Kenneford says meeting Lady Gaga inspired him to reveal the truth
After discovering pop superstar Lady Gaga, Cambell said he felt free to accept he was born to be a girl.
He wrote the Born This Way singer a letter and hand delivered it to the star after a London show.
Cambell said: 'My absolute idol is Lady Gaga. She inspired me to reveal the truth – that I am a woman trapped in a man's body.
'I shouted “I love you” as she left. She has given me the confidence to dress as a girl all the time and wear make-up.
'I felt free as if I didn't have to hide my true feelings.'
Cambell, who has been
dressing as a woman for two years, is even referred to as 'she' by
friends and staff at Cedars Upper School where he is taking his
Cambell, 16, plans to get gender realignment surgery following two years of hormone treatment which has recently been approved by doctors
Previously the teen had suffered cruel taunts and violence at the hands of classmates who called him 'gay.'
The heavily made-up teen now turns heads by dressing like film star Lindsay Lohan.
Cambell said: 'I was bullied for years and called 'gay' but I always knew it was something else
'I started painting my nails and growing my hair when I was 11. Now I like girly oufits. I wear hot pants, high heels and tight tops all the time.
'Some people say I look a lot like Lindsay Lohan, which I love.'
Leona Fawcett, 35, who has raised Cambell as a single mum, says she knew he was a girl by age five.
Fashion-obsessed Cambell says despite having model looks, boys are too immature to accept her as she is
Cambell knew he was a girl by age five
Leona, who calls Cambell a 'she,' said: 'Even as a toddler she loved dressing up in my clothes and make-up.
'She used to put on my bras and pants and wore a tea towel on her head pretending it was long hair.
'When she asked me “Mummy, why am I not a girl” I didn't know what to say. I felt so upset as it was so clear she was different.'
Cambell, who also lives with brother Arlie, 11, and six-year-old sister Lexie, announced the decision to change gender in August last year.
Leona said: 'She blurted out “Mum, I'm a girl inside.” She'd been too shy or ashamed to admit it up until then.
'I was so relieved she had finally said it. I said, “Yes, I know.'''
Fashion-obsessed Cambell says despite having model looks, boys are too immature to accept her as she is.
However he does get attention from men who don't realise he is still male.
He said: 'Some guys compliment me thinking I'm a normal girl.
'Everyone at new school knows me as a girl and they treat me with respect.
Cambell used to put on his mother's bras and wore a tea towel on his head, pretending it was long hair
'I've never had a boyfriend but the few times I've revealed myself to guys my age, they couldn't accept it and lost interest.'
Leona, a youth worker, spoke about NHS plans to offer gender-confused children treatment to delay puberty.
was revealed earlier this month that the NHS would give jabs to kids
with Gender Identity Disorder, to give them more time to 'decide' if
they are male or female.
She said: 'Had these jabs been available five years ago I would definitely have put Cambell forward for them.
Leona Fawcett, who has raised Cambell as a single mum, says she always knew he was a girl
'It would have given her more time and made her transition into a female much easier.
'Having to survive her teen years trapped in a boy's body has been very traumatic.'
Recently Cambell has spent hundreds of pounds on a new female wardrobe, including dresses and heels.
However, Leona has had to veto some of Cambell's more revealing outfits.
Leona said: 'Because she's still in a boy's body Cambell goes out wearing some quite daring things like hot pants and tiny tops.
'There's no way my youngest daughter will get away with wearing those things.'