speaking her truth

Watch the heartwarming moment a ‘Big Brother’ housemate reveals they are trans

The reality show Big Brother UK returned to British screens on Sunday night for the first time in six years. It was canceled by Channel 5 in 2018, but fellow broadcaster ITV re-commissioned the show.

One of the contestants is 18-year-old youth worker Hallie from London (above). On last night’s edition of the show, she revealed to the 15 other housemates that she is transgender.

She said she wanted to inform them as she felt she hadn’t been her authentic self. She went on to say that if she won the competition, she’d spend the prize money on having gender-affirming surgery and paying her mom back for all the money she’d spent on covering her treatment costs.

One of the other housemates asks her how much a “fanny” (British slang for vagina) will cost. Hallie responded with a quote of around £30,000 ($36,800).

All of the housemates appeared supportive. They then went on to have a straightforward discussion in which they all stated their pronouns. Not to mention, the segment went down well with plenty of viewers.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak slams trans people in speech

This is not the first time Big Brother UK has featured a trans contestant. Another trans woman, Nadia, won the series way back in 2004. At the time, her participation passed without much comment. The issue of trans rights has since become a cultural hot topic and prompted a right-wing and gender-critical backlash.

Just last week, the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, gave a speech following the announcement his government intended to ban trans women from women’s hospital wards in the state-run National Health Service.

“We shouldn’t be bullied into believing people can be any sex they want to be, they can’t. A man is a man and a woman is a woman,” he told party members at the Conservative annual conference.

Some observers viewed his comments as an attempt to distract from his government’s handling of the country’s cost-of-living crisis in the run-up to the next General Election in 2024.

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