Channel 4 is to screen a trio of documentaries on the complex issue of gender dysphoria and diversity in young individuals. The three films will focus on young people in the US and UK.
The first production, Young And Trans will follow families in Britain as they navigate the world of childhood gender dysphoria and diversity, while contemplating the universal parenting dilemma of “what is best for my child?”. The documentary will follow the families as they divulge their situation to friends, and meet other families in the same position as themselves. Though many parents conceal their experiences, shying away from society’s judgement, this film will sensitively delve into this misunderstood world.
The Camp will follow American families who congregate at a summer camp for trans and gender diverse 4 to 12 year olds. These young people and their families will contemplate the next steps from counselling through to medical puberty blockers. The Camp will provide an insight into the ever changing lives of these courageous families.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 previously announced The Testosterone Diaries which will follow a group of young trans men – who were assigned female at birth. Across the UK these young people are opening up about their experiences in online diaries. Combining present tense personal stories with candid web diaries, the programme will show their incredible “rebirth” alongside the emotional challenges presented by their families, friends and society, and find out why they are publishing their journeys online.
Channel 4 Education presided over the commissioning of the provisionally-titled sixty minute productions, which the broadcaster notes will air later this year.