Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change - 19-October / Channel 4
Bodyshock: Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change
19 October 2009, 9pm (Belfast)
[Broadcasting in Ireland and then viewable online]
In America, children under 16 can be prescribed hormone 'blockers' to prevent the onset of puberty, with a view to then follow with hormone treatment to become their new gender. This film follows the American experience.
Kyla is also eight. He was born a boy but loves anything pink and sparkly, has grown his hair, and is preparing to return for school after summer dressed as a girl for the first time. He says: 'If I had to wear boys' clothes and be a boy for the rest of my life, I'd probably die.'
Sixteen-year-old Chris, who was born a girl, started testosterone treatment at 14. She now has a deep voice and plentiful body hair, and shaves regularly.