Carol Mapley will be Scotland’s first ever transgender election candidate.
Carol said: “It’s the first step on the journey. I want to raise the profile of transgenders, lesbians and gays.
“We are pretty marginalised. Society is more accepting of gays than transgenders. I want to bring people out of the shadows.”
Carol was born as David and decided to become a woman in 1987, but she was forced to revert back to being a man after medical complications and had a mastectomy in 2001.
In 2007 she began living as a woman again and is awaiting gender re-assignment surgery.
She said: “I am a lot happier now. I feel I am myself.”
Miss Mapley also said she wants to challenge not just the public’s opinions, but the major political parties too.
She said: “The Labour Party has been really, really supportive. Councillors Grahame Forster and Willie Scobie have been especially so.
“I think the other political parties are quite anti. I want to challenge their views.”
Carol is not the Labour Party’s transgender officer and if successful in next year’s elections, she will consider running as an MSP.