Wednesday 22 February 2017

Irish transgender sisters subject of new documentary from Fade Street crew

Published 25/05/2016 | 08:07

Chloe and Jamie
Chloe and Jamie

Irish transgender sisters Jamie and Chloe O'Herlihy will feature in a new documentary from the Irish company behind Fade Street and Dublin Wives.

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Straywave Media are filming bartender and dancer Jamie (23) and hairdressing student Chloe (20) as they prepare to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The sisters, from Cork, came out as transgender at the same time last summer and will both begin taking oestrogen ahead of their operations.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, John Norton of Straywave Media said, "They are beacons for transgender people because they know what it is like to come out. 

"They know a lot of young people who are now where they were - too afraid to do something to change their lives for the better."

Jamie initially came out as gay when he was 14 while Chloe was 13.

“Last summer I did a lot of thinking about where I want my life to go… I’m transgender. I’m a woman on the inside, unfortunately my outside doesn’t match," said Jamie.

“I’ve been going through a really hard time trying to accept it and come to terms with it but I’ve been so unhappy for so long, and now that I’ve finally come out I feel so good.”

Jamie O'Herlihy (23) works as a bartender in Dublin. Photo: Facebook
Jamie O'Herlihy (23) works as a bartender in Dublin. Photo: Facebook

She added, “Obviously I’m going through it like, anxiety and depression and everything that goes along with it,” and recommended that anyone who is going through a similar time should talk to the BelongTo organisation.

Chloe said the two sisters are a massive support to each other.

“We talk a lot about our transition and it is great to have each other. If I’m out and I get a funny look or comment and I’m feeling anxious I can call Jamie.”

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