‘I face daily taunts and abuse’

Closer (UK) - - Real Life -

CBB star Lau­ren Har­ries, 40, made a name for her­self as a child prodigy on An­tiques Road­show. Back then, she was a nine-year-old an­tiques ex­pert called James, who was rarely seen with­out his bow tie. But, aged 22, James be­came a woman. Lau­ren says she hopes that shows like But­ter­fly will help re­move the stigma that still ex­ists to­wards the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity. Lau­ren says, “I still get nasty com­ments, even now. You try not to let them up­set you, but of course, words hurt. “A drama like But­ter­fly will show the av­er­age per­son, who may not know any­one who is trans­gen­der, that we are peo­ple, too, and that we de­serve ac­cep­tance. I hope it gives a real in­sight into the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact the ex­pe­ri­ence has.

“I also hope that it en­cour­ages par­ents to have a con­ver­sa­tion with their chil­dren to let them know that be­ing trans­gen­der is OK, and that their child should be open about who they truly are.

“It would have been won­der­ful if But­ter­fly was around was I was a young boy. It would have given me a way to dis­cuss my feel­ings with my par­ents, and per­haps, I wouldn’t have felt so alone.”

As James in 1991

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