Sunday 23 October 2016

Irish trans guy Charlie is a hit on Channel 4’s First Dates

Published 27/11/2015 | 09:21

Charlotte and Charlie
Charlotte and Charlie
Rhys and Georgia
Sandra and Billy
Shashi and Adam
Lynn and Jake

Channel 4's First Dates is one of the most heartwarming shows on TV and Thursday night's episode proved a particular hit with viewers.

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Female-to-male transsexual Charlie (27) from Northern Ireland had a date with bisexual 22-year-old Charlotte who had no 'gender boundaries'.

When Charlie informed her he had been "born a girl", Charlotte said, "I don't think I've ever been speechless before.  I don't care. I'm more shocked because I never would have thought it from you."

Charlie later revealed, "Growing up in Ireland and knowing that I would have had to come out as being gay at the time was itself very difficult, never mind telling my parents that I was trans."

Viewers were impressed by Charlotte's nonchalant reaction and the fact that First Dates had featured a trans person on the show.

Both Charlie and Charlotte decided to have a second date but chose to remain friends thereafter.

Elsewhere on the show market trader Billy (82) had his work cut out trying to tame divorced aromatherapist Sandra but they bonded over a plate of mussels and a shared appreciation for cockney rhyming slang.

Lynn, who has had 70 first dates, said she wasn't "wasting no good stuff anymore".  Her date, single parent and 'true gentleman' Jake, however, was definitely a step up from her previous dates (a few rats, some toads and a dead ringer for Norris Cole from Corrie).

Meanwhile 21-year-old private nanny Georgia bombarded 20-year-old Rhys with constant conversation, about herself from Georgia's schooling to Georgia's dinner preferences to Georgia's holidays to Georgia's fish phobia...

First Dates broadcasts on Channel 4 at 10pm on Thursdays.

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