‘Realising I was meant to be a man left me with mixed emotions. I was both happy and confused. It was easier when I was younger as there was a support network there. But now I’m older, there isn’t really anything in my local area.’
Jo-James Booth from Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale wants to see greater support for adult members of the LGBT community.
His story was broadcast on ITV News Calendar on Thursday 7th January.
In the TV piece, the 25-year-old speaks about his transition from female to male and highlights the need for LGBT people of all ages to be able to get together and share experiences.
‘The key message is that adult LGBT people shouldn’t be forgotten,’ explains Jo-James.
‘Especially in rural communities, there should be the option for us all to meet up and support each other.
‘When I first started transitioning, I found there was an LGBT youth group which was brilliant. But once I hit 21 or 22, I felt a bit out of place.'