Barbara Ross

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Barbara Ross
Barbara Ross (1929–2015) was a social worker and gender counsellor, noted for her work for the LGBT community in Norfolk.

Born in Essex, she moved to London on marrying her first husband, and to Norfolk with her second husband in 1970. She lived in the village of Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich.

In the early 1980s she started the OASIS self help group for trans people, providing an environment of mutual support and friendship. She also founded the Norfolk-based Gender Identity Services and organised the first ever International Transgender Conference at the University of East Anglia.[1].

In 2011 she received an OBE "for services to gender dysphoria".[2]

The Barbara Ross Association has been set up to continue her work, including the running of the Transgender Conferences.


  1. "Obituary: Barbara Ross - champion of Norfolk’s transgender community". Eastern Daily Press, 25 February 2015
  2. "New Year Honour for Gender Counsellor: Barbara Ross OBE". Gendys Journal, spring 2011. Accessed: 2015-10-06. (Archived by WebCite® at; also archived by the Web Archive at