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Posted On: 2nd Jul 2014

Trans Formation Fix on ITV

Fixer 'Luke' meets with others to discuss the project
Trans Formation Fix on ITV
Julie-Ann Karayilan from LGBT Scotland

A 20-year-old from Dumfries, who was born female but identifies himself as male, wants his story to reassure other gender questioning young people that they aren't alone.


His story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround on Friday 4th July.


'Luke', who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to provide support to others who might need guidance, particularly young trans people in schools.


'Being a transgender man means that I was born a female, but I know on the inside that I'm male and I've since transitioned medically to fit that role,' he explains.


'It was when I started to get into my mid-teens that I became more aware that I wanted to be male and as I got older, I got more of an intense feeling. It wasn’t just a want, it was a need.’


Julie-Ann Karayilan from LGBT Scotland, who supports Luke's Fixers project, expands on the issues faced by transgender youth.


'Acceptance is a big thing among trans young people,' Julie explains.


'If you've come out to people and they then forget or slip back to previous pronouns or previous names, that's a big issue.


'Lack of knowledge really is the biggest thing in the wider community.'


With his Fixers campaign, Luke wants his project to reach school-aged students to further their understanding of the topic.


'We're looking at creating a booklet to be part of a lesson, something that can be given out at the end so they can take it away and read it in their own time.


'It was never mentioned at school. It would have made a huge difference to me I think. I might have even come out at school if there had been something like that.


'It would have been really helpful to have something just point me in the right direction.'


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