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REBECCA ROOT

REBECCA ROOT AND HARRY HEPPLE TALK ABOUT BOY MEETS GIRL, THE GROUNDBREAKING NEW BBC SITCOM FEATURING A LEAD TRANS CHARACTER

TELEVISION TRANS MISSION

“It’s like being in prison all your life and not knowing your release date.”

I’m someone who has spent the majority of my adult life surrounded by LGBT people of a wide range of backgrounds. Through the gay scene and community I’ve met and befriended a number of inspirational trans people. Yet that opening sentence is the first time I’ve heard such a stark description of the very real challenge of what it feels like for a person who was born in the wrong body. The simple analogy makes the trans experience suddenly relatable, yet still unfathomably painful. And it came from a sitcom. A new British sitcom to be exact, called Boy Meets Girl that comes to BBC2 this September.

The words are spoken with emotive honesty by Judy, played by real life trans actor Rebecca Root, on her first date with Leo (Harry Hepple). “It’s one description, and I think it works well for Judy,” Rebecca tells me as we chat via Skype. She’s in New York observing rehearsals for a new documentary theatre piece that she will feature in at the Edinburgh Fringe called Tran Scripts, which focuses on the transgender experience.

“It’s not just being born in prison, but also being in solitary confinement,” adds Rebecca. “At least in prison there’s some sort of community, but in solitary confinement it’s a bit more limiting and even more isolating. I certainly felt very isolated growing up because in the 70s there were only glimpses and rumours of [trans] people you could associate with, you didn’t actually know anybody. It was difficult if you had something inside that you couldn’t express.

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**Download on iPhone to experience a whole new way to read attitude on the go. To sync your purchases to our iPhone app just login to a Pocketmags account in-app on your primary device then login with the same details on the attitude iPhone app.** The Style Issue of Attitude features BBC Business presenter Ben Thompson on the cover, who talks about being gay on TV in our main interview and shoot. Inside, we chat to the legendary Cyndi Lauper about opening Kinky Boots in London, and musician Mykki Blanco opens up about breaking the stigma around HIV. This month is full of fashion, with spreads from Diesel, F&F and all the best watches on the market. There’s more TV too, in an interview with Andrew Haigh, director of Weekend and Looking, as well as Rebecca Root - the latest transgender actress to star on our screens. We also speak to the London man who was attacked with bleach in Vauxhall, and do a round up of our inaugural Pride Awards.
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