PRIDE AND JOY I N WAGGA

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

IN “Coun­try Town Pride”, we fol­low Holly Con­roy (pic­tured, right), a truck driver from Wagga Wagga, as she un­der­goes gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery and si­mul­ta­ne­ously or­gan­ises the first Mardi Gras pa­rade in her home­town. The deeply per­sonal and re­veal­ing episode tracks sev­eral surg­eries she un­der­takes in Thai­land and how im­por­tant they are in her re­al­is­ing her iden­tity and im­prov­ing her men­tal health. Her par­ents and sis­ter share their re­spec­tive emo­tional jour­neys as Con­roy makes her tran­si­tion – their sto­ries are as en­light­en­ing and bravely hon­est. But not all of her fam­ily mem­bers are sup­port­ive. Nei­ther are her trans­pho­bic neigh­bour or some local re­li­gious lead­ers and politi­cians. For ev­ery heart­break­ing mo­ment of prej­u­dice she en­coun­ters, the doco also throws up plenty of beau­ti­ful and in­spir­ing mo­ments when Con­roy’s tran­si­tion and cel­e­bra­tion plans are em­braced by foot­ball team­mates, local businesses, coun­cil­lors and al­lies. With gen­der iden­tity and the strug­gle of trans people for ac­cep­tance and equal­ity – and hap­pi­ness – the sub­ject of of­ten di­vi­sive and ex­plo­sive media com­men­tary, this timely doco presents a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore Con­roy’s ex­pe­ri­ence in ru­ral Aus­tralia. It cul­mi­nates with thou­sands of people turn­ing out for the joy­ous and emo­tional pa­rade, with Con­roy and her sup­port­ers hope­ful it will be­come an an­nual event.

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