60 Minutes: My Secret Self
We've come a long way. The publicity blurb for a transgender story actually gets the phrasing right.
For the second time in less than a month, 60 Minutes has a story on gender identity.
Liz Hayes has a story on a young transgender child, born male but now living as female at the age of 8 -with the support of her parents.
Encouragingly, the Nine press material on this even uses the right gender phrasing in explaining the story:
My Secret Self
This is a story that at first glance seems quite unbelievable. It’s about a little girl called Jazz. She’s only eight years old and she was born a boy. She is probably the youngest transgender child in the world. For years, Jazz felt something was wrong, that somehow she was trapped in the wrong body. So she decided to dress and live as a girl. And even more controversially, her parents accepted it. Your natural reaction is how could they? How could someone so young possibly make such a complex decision? That’s certainly what Liz Hayes thought, but why don’t you meet this unusual family, then see what you think.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Stephen Rice
Note the lines: “She was trapped in the wrong body” and “So she decided to dress and live as a girl.” We’ve come along way.
Years ago this would have been written “He decided to dress and live as a girl.” Given we’re now talking about a female identity, it’s good to see this addressed in the present tense.
Fingers crossed, it suggests the story will be sensitively handled.
Other stories include:
Driven to Distraction
We know we shouldn’t. But come on, admit it – we do it, don’t we. Many of us break the law by using our mobile phones while we’re driving. It’s just too tempting to have a chat or send a text. And we bet most offenders think they can do so quite safely behind the wheel. The truth is you can’t. The latest research shows that if you drive and talk on the phone – hand-held or even hands-free – you’re four times more likely to crash. Text, and the risk is eight times higher. Eight times. Still don’t get it, well just watch on Sunday night. And we should mention this story starts with a bang, an explicit scene that shows exactly what can happen.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stephen Taylor, Julia Timms
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Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Nick Greenaway
This airs 7:30pm Sunday on Nine.