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Transgender teens: Born in the wrong body

  Transgender issues are in the spotlight now more than ever before. Figures in the world of entertainment and sport, like American television personality, Caitlyn Jenner and boxing promoter Kellie Maloney have come out as transgender in a very public way. But what about children and teenagers in Northern Ireland facing the same journey? A new BBC Radio Ulster documentary explores why some young people believe they were born in the wrong body and the impact it can have on their families. ‘Difficult journey’ Andrew is 13 and just like any other teenager, except for one thing – he...

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Aberdeen TV star becomes first transgender actress to get BAFTA nomination

  Neil Drysdale 0 comments Hollyoaks soap star Annie Wallace is the first transgender actress to be nominated for the Scottish BAFTAs, it was revealed this evening. Annie, 51, from Aberdeen, has played Sally St Claire since October 2015 on the long-running Channel Four soap. She also appeared in Shameless in 2011 as headmistress Miss Heller. And she is the first transgender person to play a regular male-to-female transgender character in British soap history. Annie is now up against Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe and Catastrophe’s Ashley Jensen in the Best Actress Television category. Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland said: “It’s great....

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First transgender TV news reporter in the UK says ‘I’m delighted to be back as a woman’

16:39, 3 OCT 2016 UPDATED 17:20, 3 OCT 2016 BY JEREMY ARMSTRONG India Willoughby, who has just landed a job as a reporter with Tyne Tees based in Newcastle, was a familiar face to millions of viewers in her former life as Jonathon      India Willoughby on BBC’s Inside Out A TV presenter who used to be a man has some dramatic news for viewers – she is returning to the screen as a woman. Jonathan Willoughby has undergone a £14,000 gender reassignment operation to become India. And she is now the first transgender TV news reporter in the UK. The...

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Norwegians can now legally change gender with a mouse click

In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, 10 year-old Anna Thulin poses for a photo in her bedroom in Haugesund, Norway. Anna was born a boy but never felt like one. Soon, she is likely to receive a letter confirming that she is legally a girl. Norway recently became the fifth country in the world to allow adults to legally change genders without a doctor’s agreement or intervention. Argentina, Ireland and Denmark have similar laws. But only Malta and Norway have extended the liberalized rules to children. (David Keyton/Associated Press) By Mark Lewis | AP Europe September 27 HAUGESUND,...

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"My Journey" – Belfast woman tells of her transition from male to female

September 26, 2016 Jess Copeland transitioning from male to female By Brónach Ní Thuama A BELFAST woman has spoken of making the brave decision to transition from male to female and the support she has received from her family. Jessica had always felt that she was female and remembers when being very young she went to bed every night wishing that when she woke up the following morning that she would be a different sex. In an interview, Jessica says she is speaking about her experiences now as she wants to help other people who may find themselves in...

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