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.
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.
It's so nice to see families supporting trans people through their transition instead of the usual anti-trans crap. #TheMakingOfMe- Brooke Winters (@brookewinters33) February 11, 2019
How nice of Jackie’s colleagues to embrace the change and make he effort to not misgender her 👌🏾- kryssy 💜 (@krystlew123) February 11, 2019
Especially the ones who have known her for years #TheMakingOfMe
Fair play to jackie’s wife in #themakingofme, I would struggle to be as supportive I think- skippertheeyechild (@twheezy01) February 11, 2019
In awe of these people. It takes so much courage to realise you are in the wrong body and want to make that big change. It's not an easy decision or process. All kudos to their families for their support. And the vile trolls can bog off! #TheMakingOfMe- Spartan Goddess (@spartan_goddess) February 11, 2019
Vicky's kids are a cheeky pair! You've done brilliantly there. #TheMakingOfMe- Princess Sparklefists ︽✵︽ (@dametokillfor) February 11, 2019
"He's still my dad I just call him Vicky" this little boy is more educated than some people on this hashtag. #themakingofme- Dave (@DavidMackayy) February 11, 2019
Watching #TheMakingOfMe and I'm already hooked. Cairo's mum is amazing, the supportive woman I wish all trans people had. Jackie's wife is making me chuckle. She clearly means well, even if she's a little clueless atm.- Princess Sparklefists ︽✵︽ (@dametokillfor) February 11, 2019
Seeing Cairo's supportive family members warms my soul. It shouldn't be so hard for society to accept people for who they are! #TheMakingOfMe- Matti Colley #FBPE (@matti_colley) February 11, 2019
Loving this show, and everyone on it. Especially Vicky and her daughter! #themakingofme- Miss Gillyfolly (@missgillyfolly) February 11, 2019
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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