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Living with the wrong gender. on BBC Two.

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A huge surge in the number of people seeking help from the NHS.

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Now I have a future, whereas before I didn't really see a future of the

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Celebrities send their best wishes to a footballer

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And a higher chance that more areas will drop below freezing tonight,

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but equally a higher chance of UCD sunshine tomorrow. Details at the

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A man from Bristol says he feels he's stuck in a woman's body

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after being forced to wait for NHS treatment to change gender.

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There are now ten times more referrals per month than a decade

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ago for the procedure and the health service is struggling to cope

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Our Social Affairs Correspondent Fiona Lamdin has been to meet

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It's a tight fabric vest which holds in my hips,

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because I have quite wide hips, and it holds my

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21-year-old Jay binds his body to flatten his chest and hips.

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Born as a girl and called Jade, his female frame repluses him.

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Whenever I go to the toilet, I have to sit down, and in the shower I

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have to see breasts, which shouldn't be there.

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What age did you know you were in the wrong body?

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Nursery reception time, when I started noticing

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I liked playing with cars and trucks.

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In this school prom photo, at aged nine, Jade was the only girl

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I was teased a lot for looking different and...

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Secondary school, the bullying got a bit more physical and a

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That was one of your first days at nursery, that was.

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Jay had already tried to take his own life.

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I took us ages to get those photos of you,

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I found it quite hard, especially with the Jay

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With everybody else really getting on board quite quickly with Jay

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wanting to be known as Jay and he and him...

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I still, now and again, have a few slip-ups now and again.

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He registered for NHS hormone therapy treatment,

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It's an 18-month wait for an operation and he's still

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I feel like I'm in limbo, as it were.

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Frustrated by the wait, he's now taken to social media

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to try to crowdfund the money to go privately.

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Miles and females being treated on our West of England are referred

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to the Specialist Gender Identity Clinic in Exeter

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and according to the clinic, five years ago they have just

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It then takes 18 months for a patient to go

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from their first appointment to life-changing surgery.

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Steffi Barnett is a radio presenter in Bristol.

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You were four when you knew you were the wrong gender,

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What was that like? Quite scary, really. Once you start getting the

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bullying and the teacher fitted you into the mailbox, when you're four

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years old, you don't understand. I didn't know there was an issue. It

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the issue. You are playing in the the issue. You are playing in the

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house with the girls. The teacher says, now, you can't. You have to

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play with the boys. The girl CU have to be daddy, not mummy. They may get

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confused. Your head is wired completely differently to what

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are telling you. You transitioned are telling you. You transitioned

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out 50 years old. You please note that more young people are coming

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forward? Absolutely. The more people come forward and have support than

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the left suicide, mental must and self harm that we will have. A lot

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of people are saying that referrals of people are saying that referrals

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have gone up at a time when the NHS is under serious pressure. Cancer

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patients per morning the fact that people want to have a gender real

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information. What you have to think about is that a third of those kids

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will commit suicide, self harm or become depressed. Our those parents

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going to feel when their child commits suicide by sites health

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harming? All the needed support. One of the support organisations that

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covers the nation is therefore children who have gender dysphoria.

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Look like you tackle the subject in your radio show. What kind of advice

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are you getting? We get guests in to give advice. We pushed people out

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into these organisations. We do help by getting specialist guests in.

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It's on every Thursday on BDSM and five other stations. With five being

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like sensitising children? For me, just before I claimed the wall,

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there was a horrible moment, because you never know what's going to

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happen around the corner. My family and friends were very

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supportive. I used to be a bit of a loner and now my family and friends

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either for me and I do the job that I love that I'm a lucky one.

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The former England footballer Alan Shearer is the latest sporting

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celebrity to send messages of support to a scaffolder

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from Swindon, who suffered a severe electric shock and nearly died.

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Jamie Mines lost both his arms and a leg following

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Hi, Jamie, I know you're going through a very,

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very difficult time, so I just wanted to say,

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I'm thinking of you, I wish you all the best,

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I've heard you're a tough'un so I'm pretty sure you're

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This is to raise money for Jamie Mines, who's had

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I know you've got the whole of the South West football

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community behind you, but on behalf of 5Live Sport

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and Match Of The Day 2, we wish you all the very best.

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The support from the sporting world for Jamie Mines just keeps coming.

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Over Christmas, he lost both of his arms and one of his legs

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His presents are still under the tree.

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His little twin daughters, haven't seen him since.

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But friends say messages from some of his idols are sure

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to raise his spirits, and raise money.

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I'm donating a signed pair of boxing gloves and boxing shorts.

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I think we often think our heroes or footballing legends, you know,

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you kind of put them on a pedestal, but for them to take the time

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and effort to send a message to Jamie means a huge amount to him

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Jamie is still in intensive care here at Southmead but he is awake

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and able to talk every now and again.

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I spoke to his girlfriend today, who understandably doesn't

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want to be in front of a camera at the moment.

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But she said both she and Jamie had been overwhelmed

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She said he's able to sit on the edge of his bed to do

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exercises and that doctors had started talking about skin

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She even said that on her last visit here, Jamie had managed to hug

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?67,000 has already been raised for Jamie but his friends and family

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want to make that 100,000, and eventually, to get him home to

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It seems some of his heroes feel the same.

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The Somerset explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been forced

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to abandon his attempt to climb one of the highest mountains

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He was in sight of the peak when he had to be airlifted from

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He was was raising money for Marie Curie by attempting

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to become the first man to climb the highest peaks on each continent.

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Syrian refugee families living in Bath have held a big fund-raising

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meal to say thank you to the city for helping them.

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They arrived in Bath last year from camps

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in the Lebanon and were resettled under a Government initiative.

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They've been cooking a meal for 60, in kitchens around the city.

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Let's take you to the forecast then, as we head on into tomorrow.

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There's been some beautiful sunset photos

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sent by many of you, including through Twitter.

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This one, conversely, taken earlier in the

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It shows a very nice delineation between areas

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under cloud and those seeing quite the opposite with a lot of

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And as we head into tomorrow, we will have more of the same, but

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if anything, actually, the balance shifting

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across the region to more in the way of the brighter, sunnier

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variety of weather with the cloud cover attending to get squashed

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are shaping up. look at how things

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How pressure dominates the pattern and it all

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shifts slightly as he head to the next few days,

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but broadly speaking, that means a lot of dry and settled

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That's reflected by the temperature there. We could get as low as -4 -5

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is of the spots in the countryside. Holding perhaps just above freezing.

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Nuances aside, a cold start tomorrow morning and for many of you, if your

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amount of sunshine around. You see there are towards the north, a

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signal for a cloud, don't take the position to literally, but it could

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well be that part of Gloucestershire are roundabout. Late winter assault.

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Remaining dry and perhaps more anyway of cloud starting to affect

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Easter in areas later in the day. next few days, no great changes over

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the next few days, more sunshine on the way.

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Despite high-pressure sitting across the country so only slow changes in

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the weather, we have had a variety of different weathers, for example

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this beautiful sunset in Southampton which was shared by a Weather

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