"When I came out I faced a choice, to either hide or to stand up and try to make a difference."
In her statement, she wrote abut the things that inspired her to stand, including the current government's austerity measures, which she says "have left whole communities desperate and lost.
"I’ve been out on the streets, speaking to voters and they feel isolated and unrepresented by the Tory government."
Sophie writes that she has received positive feedback from constituents. "The reception to me, as a trans woman, has been positive with many declaring that it’s time for greater diversity in parliament.
"The time is right, the time is now and we must all work together to achieve a more caring, more diverse society where everyone can live free from fear and where no one suffers from prejudice regardless of their gender, sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, disability or wealth."More stories: Kris Jenner slams Caitlyn Jenner’s claims that she knew her ex-husband was trans DECADES ago Transgender mother featured in latest Dove campaign