#WATCH: What Does It Mean to Be Transgender?

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Being transgender is not a sexuality, it’s a gender identity.

In their new video, ChildLine speak to Lewis Hancox and Fox Fisher to find out what it means to be transgender and to hear their advice for young people questioning their gender identity.

The video has been well received by young people and LGBT people generally.

Matt Wright, commenting on the video, writes, ‘Whilst I think it’s important to acknowledge how far we’ve come, with transgender figures such as Caitlyn Jenner and non-binary individuals like Ruby Rose coming to the forefront, we still lack a basic foundation of understanding which could easily be established in schools and as part as PSHE or Life Skills lessons. Tools like YouTube and the Internet have helped visibility a great deal but there’s still more work to be done! Thanks again for the informative video ChildLine.’

Jun Foster writes, ‘I’m a trans guy myself and I believe that one way that society could be better educated; is to teach/have lessons about transgender, non-binary, genderqueer people and the whole of the LGBT community in general, within the education system. As then, if someone is questioning their gender (or even sexuality) whilst at school, they can learn about various ‘terms’ and what that entails, and it may then make it easier for them to identify and to also provide them with support.’

L PS writes, ‘Love this video! It’s a really good simple explanation of what trans can mean. As a non-binary/genderqueer person it felt really good to have my identity acknowledged, especially as a lot of the tim[e], people think of “trans” as only including FTMs and MTFs. Also Mr Lewzer is awesome.’

The ChildLine helpline is there to support anyone under the age of 19 who needs support.

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