EP 4: THE WRONG BODY
A great episode to watch.
Wow, these young people are amazingly strong and determined.
What happens when you’re born in the wrong body?
Biological sex doesn’t always match up with ‘brain sex’ and
when that happens, you either spend your life in torment or
you make the decision to transition and become the person
you know you are inside.
Sabour sets out to get inside the Trans world but he finds
it difficult to get people to talk to him on camera because
it’s such a sensitive subject in Australia. So he heads off to
the USA to meet a group of Trans teens, including teenage
singing sensation and activist, Ryan Cassata.
Back in Australia, Sabour makes headway with a number of
Trans people who invite him to follow them on their journeys
as they move through different stages of transitioning.
Riley, 15, was born a boy, but is starting to go to school
as a girl and pondering hormone treatment at age 16. Her
parents are agonising over the decision because hormones
will allow her feminine features to develop, but they are
irreversible, meaning she’ll go sterile.
Jay, 32, once had a ‘well-groomed biker look’ but is now
going through hormone treatment and is about to embark
on facial feminisation surgery before she comes out at work
as a woman. For her, the process is about finding the outer
confidence she needs to match the inner confidence she feels
as a woman.
Racy Rapidfire is a roller derby champion who was thrown
out of a Tasmanian league for being Transgender but decided
to fight back publicly. Two years later – after sex-reassignment
surgery, mental breakdowns and suicide attempts – she’s left
Tasmania, found new love, and is ready to try out for a new
league in Brisbane.
In an effort to broaden his understanding of the Australian
Trans community Sabour heads to a conference in Cairns
and talks to Trans guys and girls, sings with Sista Girls, gets
an exclusive interview with West Australian senator Louise
Pratt and her Trans husband Aram, and is swept off his feet
by the outrageously flirtatious, Rosie Jones – a 74 year old
doctor from Adelaide who went through sex re-assignment
surgery at age 68!
This is a journey like no other for Sabour, completely new,
always complicated, and with unprecedented access into the
lives of Trans people around Australia.
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 9.30PM ON ABC2
EP 4: THE WRONG BODY