Documentary follows transgender girl’s journey

Tuesday 9th May 2017 6:00 pm
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Llyr Jones, who won the Miss Sparkle 2015 pageant at Swansea Sparkle, was the main contributor in Body Matters: Swansea Sparkle — A Transgender Story, a documentary which aired on BBC One Wales last March

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A BBC Wales documentary which aired this week follows the experiences of a 16-year-old transgender girl from Aberystwyth as she transitions from male to female.

Llyr Jones, from Bow Street, who was previously the main contributor in Body Matters: Swansea Sparkle — A Transgender Story on BBC One Wales last March, has featured in another documentary on the same channel, which aired on Tuesday this week.

Last year’s documentary followed Llyr as she embarked on her transition and won the title of ‘Miss Swansea Sparkle 2015’ at Wales’ biggest transgender event.

Sweet Sixteen: A Transgender Story sees Llyr return to Swansea Sparkle 2016 to crown the new winner.

The programme explores the impact of Llyr’s transition both on her own life and on her parents and the community where she grew up.

Llyr, who still uses her birth name, grew up in a traditional farming family.

Embarking on the next stage of her transition with the prescription of testosterone blockers, Llyr navigates these momentous changes in her life with the support of her family and friends, along with her own self-belief.

Sweet Sixteen: A Transgender Story is available to view on BBC iPlayer.

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