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What Am I?

What Am I? 1980

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What Am I? 1980

26 mins United Kingdom

Years before the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 enabled transgender people to obtain their full rights the practical difficulties faced by those wishing to change their sex were explored in this film produced for the ATV current affairs series Format V. Touching and sometimes frank, the film looks at issues around acceptance but there are also moments of humour, such as Steve's bad luck when bumping into his mother on his first night out as a man.

April Ashley, who features in the film while living in Hay on Wye in Herefordshire, was at the centre of a newspaper storm in the early sixties when she married Arthur Corbett, 3rd Baron Rowallan. Their marriage was annulled in 1970 on the grounds that Ashley was born male, despite Corbett knowing this when they were wed. Another significant figure to appear in the film is Judy Cousins who was running a self-help organisation called SHAFT in 1980. She was previously known as Lewen Tugwell, was a noted sculptor and served with the British Army in India.

Genres

Current affairs

Collection

LGBT Britain

Released

1980

Country

United Kingdom

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