A transgender woman and former sex worker, Sandra Pankhurst has overcome huge adversity to live many lives. She grew up as ‘Peter’ in an abusive adoptive family in West Footscray, Victoria before moving to Melbourne in her mid-twenties – where she became “Australia’s first female funeral director, a trophy wife and a local government candidate”. Now the CEO of Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services, a hugely successful death and crime scene cleaning business, Sandra’s remarkable life story was the subject of bestselling book, The Trauma Cleaner. Here, Sandra talks using her voice for greater good, her admiration for Ita Buttrose, working on a second book, and why self-care starts with being selfish.
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