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Transformation Street

  • Episode: 

    3 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 25 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 04 2018 : Sat 20 Jan - Fri 26 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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Episode 3
 
“I’m a woman and I’ve got a penis. I’m not any less of a woman for having one and not any less trans for not removing it.” Jordan Gray
 
From firemen to soldiers, railway workers to writers, this series follows the extraordinary transformations of men and women from all over the UK, who believe they were born into the wrong body, as they approach and undergo the highs and lows of life-changing transgender surgery.
 
The brand new three-part documentary series for ITV has been filmed over a 12-month period with unprecedented access to a private clinic on Wimpole Street in London. On this street, transformations become reality for people who share everything from waiting room laughs with fellow patients, receptionists and clinic staff, to the surgery itself and the impact their transition has on those closest to them.
 
The clinic has seen a huge number of applications for the surgery from people who identify as trans, from truck drivers to care workers and even a dominatrix, from Bognor to Birmingham, as they make the biggest change of their lives. We follow their incredible journeys, from hormonal treatments, makeovers and voice coaching, to the final step of gender confirmation surgery itself. 
 
The number of adults seeking medical intervention to change their gender has more than doubled in the last five years. But with up to two-and-a-half years to wait currently on the NHS just for an initial consultation, many patients are turning to private clinics. The clinic is run by world-renowned plastic surgeon Christopher Inglefield, who specialises in transgender surgery and has been performing procedures for over ten years.
 
28-year-old Jordan Gray was born a man. She is a singer and comedian and was the first transgender competitor on the singing competition The Voice. Jordan arrives at the clinic with her girlfriend Heli, for a consultation about having her breasts enlarged.
 
Jordan explains: “I have the boobs of a 13-year-old I suppose, cos I only developed them two years ago.”
 
Heli and Jordan have been together for two years and met after Jordan had begun her transition, they live in Essex not far from where Jordan grew up. As a young man, Jordan always had relationships with women and described himself as a ‘red-blooded male’. However, since taking female hormones there have not only been physical changes for Jordan: 
 
“I’m not really that interested any more in sex in the same way. It’s much more now about personal connection and closeness, it’s not a mechanical deed because I’ve got nothing in my brain now telling me that you need to procreate.”
 
Heli, described as pan-sexual by Jordan, explains how she feels: “(I’m) more attracted to a female, however when it comes to private parts of the body, [I’m] more attracted to the male ones”. Their relationship has taken time for many of those closest to them to adjust to.
 
Heli tells us: “My mother, when I told her about Jordan, she was not happy because she had this set image of me finding a husband, but now she loves Jordan and refers to us as her girls.”
 
30-year-old web developer, Amelie, is taking the first steps in her journey from male to female. She has not yet started any hormone treatment or had any facial hair removal. Before she starts to live as a woman full-time, Amelie wants help in making her facial features more feminine. Amelie recently came out to her wife and they have separated but still live together.
 
Amelie explains: “Two years ago I had the perfect life. I had an amazing family. I had just had a baby. I was recently married. But deep down, I was unhappy. So last year I finally told my wife I was going to transition to become a woman...I feel really guilty. But I thought I could suppress this feeling until I died and I planned on doing so. I never wanted to tell anyone but the pressure got to me so much inside, I just had to come out.” 
 
Through Amelie’s consultation with Mr Inglefield, she explains how her nose hugely impacts her confidence and Mr Inglefield describes how the surgery can help her. While awaiting her surgery dates and hormone treatment to begin, Amelie goes to see Gary Price, a hairdresser and wig consultant specialising in styles for transgender women.
 
Kimberly, an American born in Detroit, always felt out of place growing up as a boy. She explains:
 
“I was always the black sheep of the family and there is a part of me that is quite angry at my family, very angry, for not letting me be who I wanted to be.”
 
Kim moved to London at the earliest opportunity to live as a woman and work as a performer. She had a breast augmentation at the clinic by Mr Inglefield two years ago and returns to the clinic to discuss facial feminisation surgery.
 
Kim explains: “I don't want to have to rely on make-up and I don’t want to have to rely on wigs.”
 
Mr Inglefield says: “Previously Kim’s worn a wig to cover her really male receding hairline and something that we do very often with facial feminisation surgery is to bring the hairline into a more natural feminine height, but also shape.”
 
45-year-old care worker Jessie Renne is awaiting her genital surgery on the NHS. Today she has come to the clinic to see practice nurse Natalie to have her pubic hair removed, prior to the operation. Hair removal is just one of the things that Jessie has to do to prepare for genital surgery. Jessie has been living as a woman for three years with medical guidelines dictating that patients must have a psychological assessment and live in their chosen gender for at least one year prior to the surgery.
 
As a man, Jessie was in relationships with women and married twice. She explains: “I was quite good at being a bloke. I was quite arrogant, a bit of a lad, but I was consciously acting.”
 
Jessie’s conflict with her gender led to a suicide attempt and in the end she decided to come out as female. 
 
Back home in Portsmouth, Jessie packs to go to hospital for her surgery. Her 77-year-old mum Patricia is a huge support. 
 
Patricia says: “When she was in her 20s she dressed up in women’s clothes and we didn’t realise the seriousness of that. My husband and I said, ‘Oh it’s just a phase,’ but all that time Jessie had been anguishing about the true feelings that had to be suppressed and had to come out. Now I think, ‘You’ve only got one life, go for it, you’ve got to go for it.’”
 
Produced by Renegade Pictures and Storyvault Films for ITV.