Channel 4 doc is praised for how it presents trans people's journeys

Joe Anderton
Photo credit: Jude Edginton - Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Tonight (February 11) saw Channel 4 air the first part of documentary series The Making of Me, chronicling nine transgender people over a period of three years as they transitioned.

We didn't just follow the people themselves as their faces and bodies changed, but met their friends and families as well.

One of the people we followed was Jackie, as she left her old identity of Simon behind and embraced life as a woman. One moment saw her go to work for the first time as Jackie, and she was overwhelmed to see that everyone treated her kindly and with respect.

Photo credit: Jude Edginton - Channel 4

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Her wife Julie admitted that she did struggle at times, such as when a song they once danced to came on and she burst into tears. In the end, though, Julie said that they would always be soulmates and that would not change.

Model Cairo was also accepted by his family, but sadly his girlfriend had broken up with him over the course of the filming, while Vicky had a great relationship with her kids, but struggled with being misgendered due to her masculine voice.

Viewers praised the documentary not just for chronicling people's journeys over time, but also for showing the people around them accepting them, despite it not always being easy.

Channel 4 will continue to air The Making of Me over the next two Mondays at 10pm.

Mermaids UK offers family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people. You can access more information on their website.

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