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Greenlit: Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls, Channel 4

Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls w/t (4 x 60′) – This series follows the stories of seven people who are undertaking a range of gender reassignment procedures as they make the ultimate journey to realise their true identities. It can be a lonely, alienating process, but these seven people are combatting that by coming together to form a self-help group which meets regularly to support each other, away from a world that can be prejudiced and abusive.

Ranging from their early 20s to 50s, the members of the group are all at different stages of their own transitions and are contemplating the next critical step in their journeys – whether that is telling their parents that they are going full-time as a woman, having genital surgery, or just being able to find their first full-time job.

Aside from featuring their everyday lives, they come together for regular weekends, or ‘retreats’ where they can discuss the panoply of surgeries available, talk about how hormones have affected their moods, and seek the critical advice they need to navigate the challenges of being ‘trans’. In this way, the group is reflecting the burgeoning online communities where hundreds of transgender people come together to chronicle their stories and seek advice. Some have the life experience and knowledge to help those wanting to follow in their footsteps; others take enormous comfort in the support of their peers. Along the way, this vivacious, engaging group form close friendships, enjoy exciting nights out, and share their dreams and desires.

Among them is a charismatic, caring 52-year-old ex-policeman just days away from the gender reassignment she’s wanted since she was a child; a 22-year-old who’s desperate to fund the double mastectomy the NHS have refused to carry out; and a 28-year-old who’s yet to tell her parents that she’s a woman.

With very different experiences, and journeys, the common challenge faced by the group is to overcome their individual problems to achieve their dreams and become the person they’ve always wanted to be.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Twenty Twenty

TX: September 2011

Source: Channel 4

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