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Monday 28 July 2014

‘Once I started identifying myself as male, I didn’t look back’ – Irish transgender student Sam shares his story in upcoming documentary

Denise Calnan

Published 14/04/2014|13:07

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Sam, who is UCD Student Union’s LGBT Coordinator, made the transition from female to male with the full support of his family and friends. (Photo: TV3)
Sam, who is UCD Student Union’s LGBT Coordinator, made the transition from female to male with the full support of his family and friends. (Photo: TV3)
Louise shares her story as the first transgender worker in Ireland to successfully use the Employment Equality Act in a case of discrimination on the grounds of gender (Photo: TV3)

Irish college student Sam didn’t look back the minute he started identifying himself as male.

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The student, who is UCD Student Union’s LGBT Coordinator, made the transition from female to male with the full support of his family and friends.

This week, he’ll share his story with the nation.

“It’s great, a bit strange being in such a big documentary, but it’s great,” he told independent.ie

“I’ve got messages of support from people and people are coming to talk to me about coming out. It’s getting people to talk.”

The documentary ‘Irish Lives: My Transgender Journey’ follows the stories of three transgender people living in Ireland.

Sam Blanckensee hopes that people will learn from their stories.

“I hope that people watching this will realize that, if they know they’re transgender and they want to tell family and friends, they can. It’s not all doom and gloom when you do it,” he said.

“”I hope that people who have never heard of trans or don’t understand it will learn a little bit about it and it can give families out there information,” he continued.

“When I came out, I had people who understood transgender and I had friends that were open to learning out it. It helped me come out, definitely.

“Once I started identifying myself as male, I didn’t look back.”

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Sam Blanckensee hopes that people will learn from their stories (Photo: TV3)

Also featured will be Irish woman Louise who shares her story as the first transgender worker in Ireland to successfully use the Employment Equality Act in a case of discrimination on the grounds of gender and Kay, who gives an honest account of her upcoming surgery and her struggle to change her name and gender on her American passport.

Irish Lives: My Transgender Journey airs Wednesday, April 16 at 9pm on TV3.

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