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22/02/2016 09:28 GMT | Updated 22/02/2016 11:59 GMT

Trans Student Anna Lee Makes History By Standing To Be Women's Officer For The NUS

A transgender student is set to make history and represent the UK's female students by running to become the National Union of Students' women's officer.

Anna Lee, a student at Lancaster University who describes herself as a "queer trans disabled lesbian woman", is the first openly trans woman to stand for election in a national role. Lee is currently her students' union's vice president for welfare and community, and says she is "passionate" about equal rights.

"I never believed that running to be national women’s officer was a possibility," she said in a Facebook post. "I felt that I had hit a glass ceiling. Now, I find myself in unchartered waters, and some shards of that glass ceiling will undoubtedly hit me.

"I know the Women’s Campaign is ready. I know NUS is ready. I’m not convinced that the rest of society is.

"But - when the transphobic ‘feminists’ come and try to tear me down, I will just fight harder and with the help of amazing activists we will show them, together, that the NUS Women’s Campaign demonstrates a progressive approach to inclusive feminism."

The maths student's pledges include fighting for a "statutory, gender neutral sex education" for students, decriminalisation of sex workers, and lobbying for a debate in parliament over tampon tax in SUs.

Lee accuses mainstream feminism of "constantly" forgetting about trans women, and says the NUS should be fighting for all women, "not just a few".

"We need to build the movement and make sure no one is excluded."