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How Matt and Ash feel about taking part in our documentary

Have you watched Kids on the Edge: The Gender Clinic? Visit the Tavistock and Portman website to see Ash and Matt, and their mums, talk about how they feel about taking part in our documentary. Or read the transcript below.



The Gender Clinic

Century Films: What was it like being filmed?

Ash: I would explain it as a ten out of ten situation because it was fun to be honest

CF: Why did you want to share your story with us?

A: Because I think people needed to know. I wanted to be on it to share reasons about how transgender is and how it can change you.

Loads of other trans kids can’t be transgender and this would be a great film to make to show that they are not alone

CF: Did you talk to your mum lots before you decided to be in the documentary? Because it’s a big decision, isn’t it?

A: It is a big decision, yeah. But once you do it you don’t feel shy any more. You do it and it feels good to get it off your chest.

Terri: She enjoyed the whole thing and it’s really boosted her confidence a whole lot. Even just you guys, the film crew, understanding her. I think there aren’t a lot of people outside the family who have met her and been understanding about the situation. She knows that once everybody watches it, that hopefully even if only 20% of people understand

CF: When you go to school tomorrow and your friends ask you about the documentary, what will you say?

A: I’m gonna say big thumbs up! Watching it was not as bad as I thought it would be – I thought I would cry but it made me laugh really hard.

Rachel (Matt’s mum): There comes a point at which you need to tell your story to everybody, to try and make people understand. What you see in the documentary really is a taste of what daily life is like. You do have the likes of Caitlin Jenner highlighting transgender issues, but it doesn’t show how difficult it really is. So the decisions was a hard one, but the positives outweigh the negatives. If they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have taken part.

I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction. Yeah, I really enjoyed it, I was really quite happy about it. I know that Matt has seen the documentary as well – he think’s he’s an absolute legend.

Matt wanted to take part because if he could show everybody then he wouldn’t have to tell everybody. If nobody asks me any more questions it might be easy for me to find my place in society.

Matt’s message:

I want people to understand who I am and who I want to be, that’s why I wanted to take part in the documentary. I don’t like talking and answering questions or explaining myself, so people can watch the film

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