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Title Four Corners: Being Me
Published Australia : ABC, 2014
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Summary The story of girls and boys, born in the wrong body and their struggle to be who they are. There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself. But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it?Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl, and a year ago she told her parents the way she felt. This week Four Corners reporter Janine Cohen tells Isabelle's story and the story of the family, the doctor and ultimately the community that backed her decision to truly be herself.Along the way we meet other people who've confronted the same feelings and discover that a growing and significant number of children are finding themselves in the same situation. Some find support from their parents and doctors. Others discover fear, prejudice and a legal system that doesn't make it easy for them to be themselves.For Isabelle, the decision to tell her story was not made lightly. She and her parents tell Four Corners that they are willing to speak about their experience so that others won't feel alone and other transgender children can be helped and protected.Doctors tell the program that trying to repress the feeling that you are trapped in the wrong body simply does not work. Instead, it can lead to self harm and even suicide. Paediatricians also make it clear that timing is important. They explain that if children want to make a physical change, then treatment should begin at puberty. In that way, hormone treatments can be prescribed with far better results. A senior judge tells Four Corners she is keen to see the law relating to transgender treatment tested sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, doctors and families warn the current legal situation is putting some children at risk.Isabelle's story is remarkable and inevitably raises many questions for families, doctors and society in general. Ultimately though, it's a journey that shows courage and honesty is essential to triumph over ignorance. It's a story that is not to be missed
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2014-11-17 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Gender identity -- Social aspects.
Puberty -- Psychological aspects.
Suicide -- Risk factors.
Transgender children.
Transgender people -- Identity.
Form Streaming video
Author O'Brien, Kerry, host
Cohen, Janine, reporter
Scott, Catherine, reporter
Bassingthwaighte, Natalie, contributor
Bryant, Diana, contributor
Campbell, Paul, contributor
Jennings, Jazz, contributor
Keating, Ronan, contributor
Langley, Andrew, contributor
Langley, Hattie, contributor
Langley, Isabelle, contributor
Lyons, Rob, contributor
McNamara, Naomi, contributor
Pelosi, David, contributor
Phoenix, Paige Elliot, contributor
Telfer, Michelle, contributor