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Living with the wrong gender. on BBC Two.
A huge surge in the number of people seeking help from the NHS.
Now I have a future, whereas before I didn't really see a future of the
Celebrities send their best wishes to a footballer
And a higher chance that more areas will drop below freezing tonight,
but equally a higher chance of UCD sunshine tomorrow. Details at the
A man from Bristol says he feels he's stuck in a woman's body
after being forced to wait for NHS treatment to change gender.
There are now ten times more referrals per month than a decade
ago for the procedure and the health service is struggling to cope
Our Social Affairs Correspondent Fiona Lamdin has been to meet
It's a tight fabric vest which holds in my hips,
because I have quite wide hips, and it holds my
21-year-old Jay binds his body to flatten his chest and hips.
Born as a girl and called Jade, his female frame repluses him.
Whenever I go to the toilet, I have to sit down, and in the shower I
have to see breasts, which shouldn't be there.
What age did you know you were in the wrong body?
Nursery reception time, when I started noticing
I liked playing with cars and trucks.
In this school prom photo, at aged nine, Jade was the only girl
I was teased a lot for looking different and...
Secondary school, the bullying got a bit more physical and a
That was one of your first days at nursery, that was.
Jay had already tried to take his own life.
I took us ages to get those photos of you,
I found it quite hard, especially with the Jay
With everybody else really getting on board quite quickly with Jay
wanting to be known as Jay and he and him...
I still, now and again, have a few slip-ups now and again.
He registered for NHS hormone therapy treatment,
It's an 18-month wait for an operation and he's still
I feel like I'm in limbo, as it were.
Frustrated by the wait, he's now taken to social media
to try to crowdfund the money to go privately.
Miles and females being treated on our West of England are referred
to the Specialist Gender Identity Clinic in Exeter
and according to the clinic, five years ago they have just
It then takes 18 months for a patient to go
from their first appointment to life-changing surgery.
Steffi Barnett is a radio presenter in Bristol.
You were four when you knew you were the wrong gender,
What was that like? Quite scary, really. Once you start getting the
bullying and the teacher fitted you into the mailbox, when you're four
years old, you don't understand. I didn't know there was an issue. It
the issue. You are playing in the the issue. You are playing in the
house with the girls. The teacher says, now, you can't. You have to
play with the boys. The girl CU have to be daddy, not mummy. They may get
confused. Your head is wired completely differently to what
are telling you. You transitioned are telling you. You transitioned
out 50 years old. You please note that more young people are coming
forward? Absolutely. The more people come forward and have support than
the left suicide, mental must and self harm that we will have. A lot
of people are saying that referrals of people are saying that referrals
have gone up at a time when the NHS is under serious pressure. Cancer
patients per morning the fact that people want to have a gender real
information. What you have to think about is that a third of those kids
will commit suicide, self harm or become depressed. Our those parents
going to feel when their child commits suicide by sites health
harming? All the needed support. One of the support organisations that
covers the nation is therefore children who have gender dysphoria.
Look like you tackle the subject in your radio show. What kind of advice
are you getting? We get guests in to give advice. We pushed people out
into these organisations. We do help by getting specialist guests in.
It's on every Thursday on BDSM and five other stations. With five being
like sensitising children? For me, just before I claimed the wall,
there was a horrible moment, because you never know what's going to
happen around the corner. My family and friends were very
supportive. I used to be a bit of a loner and now my family and friends
either for me and I do the job that I love that I'm a lucky one.
The former England footballer Alan Shearer is the latest sporting
celebrity to send messages of support to a scaffolder
from Swindon, who suffered a severe electric shock and nearly died.
Jamie Mines lost both his arms and a leg following
Hi, Jamie, I know you're going through a very,
very difficult time, so I just wanted to say,
I'm thinking of you, I wish you all the best,
I've heard you're a tough'un so I'm pretty sure you're
This is to raise money for Jamie Mines, who's had
I know you've got the whole of the South West football
community behind you, but on behalf of 5Live Sport
and Match Of The Day 2, we wish you all the very best.
The support from the sporting world for Jamie Mines just keeps coming.
Over Christmas, he lost both of his arms and one of his legs
His presents are still under the tree.
His little twin daughters, haven't seen him since.
But friends say messages from some of his idols are sure
to raise his spirits, and raise money.
I'm donating a signed pair of boxing gloves and boxing shorts.
I think we often think our heroes or footballing legends, you know,
you kind of put them on a pedestal, but for them to take the time
and effort to send a message to Jamie means a huge amount to him
Jamie is still in intensive care here at Southmead but he is awake
and able to talk every now and again.
I spoke to his girlfriend today, who understandably doesn't
want to be in front of a camera at the moment.
But she said both she and Jamie had been overwhelmed
She said he's able to sit on the edge of his bed to do
exercises and that doctors had started talking about skin
She even said that on her last visit here, Jamie had managed to hug
?67,000 has already been raised for Jamie but his friends and family
want to make that 100,000, and eventually, to get him home to
It seems some of his heroes feel the same.
The Somerset explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been forced
to abandon his attempt to climb one of the highest mountains
He was in sight of the peak when he had to be airlifted from
He was was raising money for Marie Curie by attempting
to become the first man to climb the highest peaks on each continent.
Syrian refugee families living in Bath have held a big fund-raising
meal to say thank you to the city for helping them.
They arrived in Bath last year from camps
in the Lebanon and were resettled under a Government initiative.
They've been cooking a meal for 60, in kitchens around the city.
Let's take you to the forecast then, as we head on into tomorrow.
There's been some beautiful sunset photos
sent by many of you, including through Twitter.
This one, conversely, taken earlier in the
It shows a very nice delineation between areas
under cloud and those seeing quite the opposite with a lot of
And as we head into tomorrow, we will have more of the same, but
if anything, actually, the balance shifting
across the region to more in the way of the brighter, sunnier
variety of weather with the cloud cover attending to get squashed
are shaping up. look at how things
How pressure dominates the pattern and it all
shifts slightly as he head to the next few days,
but broadly speaking, that means a lot of dry and settled
That's reflected by the temperature there. We could get as low as -4 -5
is of the spots in the countryside. Holding perhaps just above freezing.
Nuances aside, a cold start tomorrow morning and for many of you, if your
amount of sunshine around. You see there are towards the north, a
signal for a cloud, don't take the position to literally, but it could
well be that part of Gloucestershire are roundabout. Late winter assault.
Remaining dry and perhaps more anyway of cloud starting to affect
Easter in areas later in the day. next few days, no great changes over
the next few days, more sunshine on the way.
Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in
the weather, we have had a variety of different weathers, for example
this beautiful sunset in Southampton which was shared by a Weather