Just want to tip everyone off that 20/20 this Friday, April 27, is a Barbara Walters special all about transgender teens. Should be interesting, so set your TIVOs and VCRs.
Here's some information about the show online.
I am definitely going to watch that...thanks for the heads up!
OMG, this show changed my life, no kidding. My mom found it was to be recorded on the DVR and asked if i was trans and I said no. So she asked if I was gay and I said yes. YES!!!
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It made me a bit misty eyed I have to admit.
And I almost came out to my mum... but we ended up having a discussion about the fact that if it wasn't for my laziness I would be a very girly girl.
[Well as girly as you can get without the collard shirts etc. More like Victorian era Goth or Lolita.]
When I realized that these parents were ready to cave to their child's every whim. I mean, c'mon! The first 2 stories were horrendous. If their children kept telling them that they didn't want to go to the doctor, it seems as if these parents would have stopped taking them.
Absolutely sad...setting their children up for a lifetime of sadness.
I recorded it because we went to the movies so i'm gunna watch it when i get home today. I CAN"T WAIT!
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I thought the little six year old was the cutest little girl EVER.
I just finished watching it and it was great. My mom came a little more then half way through and wasn't really paying attention but was at the same time and at teh end she goes "Well i know you weren't born in the wrong body you love your boobs" And it's true i'd die without my boobs... I love them they are soo big... although i wish they were bigger.
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I LOVED this!
hoping someone will load some of this on youtube sometime cos id really like to see it. although youtube is blocked in my halls so ill have to wait til i move into my flat next month.
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There is a link out there that I can assist you in finding that has a copy of the entire episode, plus the included articles and a note from the person who uploaded it and made it available to us all. PM if you want it.
I did like this. Had htey more time, I wish they would have talked to some of the younger boys shown and also all of the siblings of the transkids.
I never cry, but I cried. So did two transboys I am friends with. They thought it was put together fairly well.
I thought I had missed it, but then to my surprise, my mom had taped it. I didn't know she was THAT interested in gay/trans issues...
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eh.. I just watched it, and honestly, I wasn't so into it. Maybe because they spent so much time showing Barbara Walters being skeezy and using her "I'm Sensitive" voice to ask the two girls questions (to which she recieved monosyllabic responses from the obviously uncomfortable girls), and then talked for about 3 minutes about the transboy in his teens. For dramatic tension they show his mom saying she's not comfortable talking about her son cutting, and then mention in passing that SRS is "not an option for him" without going into any of the information as to why. I also like how Barbara Walters refers to Riley as "he" for a good portion of her section (sigh), and they focused exclusively on trans kids with supportive parents, talking about the issue of unsupportive parents for a couple minutes at the very end.
As these kinds of shows go, I recently saw a different one that focused much more equally on transmen AND transwomen, and, although it isn't about cute little kids, it's much more informative and shows a wider spectrum of situations in terms of family support. I dunno if anyone's already posted it or anything, but just in case..
For anyone interested:
I thought the guba video was good. It tried really hard to have a lot of diversity and it gave a better picture of transness. Of course it was marketed to the mainstream, but it had good personal portraits too.
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Eh, I thought it was good overall, but it kind of had a narrow view. Since I'm genderqueer and don't believe in gender binary I thought it kind of stereotyped a little.
Just my opinion, feel free to disagree.
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That narrow view is still largely unknown to the greater population, so you're not the audience for it. If it spoke directly to you or anyone on this site, that would have been a bad thing. These pieces are for the general population, not for a queer audience to see themselves represented. Most trans people should find this show to be a bit obvious and not very in depth.
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