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Video: Two Transgender Men Go Back To Jamaica To  Reveal Their New Identities To Families

Video: Two Transgender Men Go Back To Jamaica To Reveal Their New Identities To Families

Steffan Zachiyah and Romario Wanliss have just returned from Jamaica, where their families saw them as men for the first time.

The two friends live in Birmingham but traveled to their families’ home country to reveal their new identities.

Jamaica is considered by some human rights groups to be one of the most transphobic countries in the world.

Newsbeat and Radio 1 Stories caught up with Steffan and Romario after their trip.

Romario

“Since the filming of the documentary, I have a greater sense of what ‘family’ means.

“There is something wonderful about knowing where I get my characteristics from and knowing that I am the future generation carrying on the name of the family.

Romario and his sister Aricka

“My dad and I have continued to talk and I have become much closer to my other family members, especially my brothers and sisters.

“I’ll definitely be going back [to Jamaica] at the end of the year.”

Steffan

Steffan

“Since the documentary I’ve spoken to my brother Gilla in Jamaica and it almost feels like he’s been on my journey all this time.

“He seems to have really accepted me for the man I am.

“I’ve also had a more in-depth chat with my mum about my transition.

Steffan with his older brother Gilla

“Because she has been very inquisitive about why I’ve made the decision to transition, for the first time ever, I’ve been able to open up to her and voice how I feel.

“She says for now she won’t be addressing me as her son nor her daughter, but I have faith that we can only move onwards and upwards from here.

“I’m hoping she will soon be able to grasp the concept of why I have decided to transition and still love me for who I am.”

Source: BBC Newsbeat NEWSBEAT INVESTIGATES
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