Special TVO television-web event promotes understanding of the transgender community, Wednesday October 3, 2007

    10 pm on TVO and at tvoparents.com

    Your Voice transgender webcast discussion
    Live at 11:10 pm at tvoparents.com

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - On Wednesday October 3, TVO presents a unique
television-web event aimed at fostering a greater understanding of the
transgender community, and providing a vehicle for dialogue for families and
the public at large.
    The event kicks off with the world broadcast premiere of Girl Inside at
10 pm on TVO (repeating Sunday October 7 at 10:30 pm). Filmed over three
years, the documentary follows 26-year-old Madison's transition to becoming a
woman. Throughout the process, Vivien, Madison's 80-year-old grandmother, is
her support figure and takes on the job of advising her on all things
feminine. Madison's gender metamorphosis unfolds as an emotional, intellectual
and spiritual journey of self-discovery that is as important as the physical
journey of hormones and surgery. And while Vivien's attempts to school Madison
in the mysterious codes of feminine fashion and behaviour are often hilarious,
her straight-up questions raise profound issues about the nature of gender and
    Girl Inside will also be streamed simultaneously online at
tvoparents.com. During the simulcast, viewers from Ontario and across Canada
can participate in an online chat, or submit questions for the live Your Voice
transgender webcast discussion that will follow the documentary.
    At approximately 11:10 pm, Your Voice, TVO's exclusively online
interactive parenting show for parents at tvoparents.com, takes over with a
special 30-40 minute live webcast discussion on transgender issues. Your Voice
host Cheryl Jackson and experts explain what being transgender means; explore
the reasons why some people feel that they are "born in the wrong body"; the
different ways that people choose to transform; the obstacles to sex
reassignment surgery; and familial and societal reactions and attitudes to
transgender people.

    Guests include:
    -   Maya Gallus, producer-director of Girl Inside
    -   Anne Hines, a parent of a transgender female
    -   Rupert Raj, a psychotherapist with the Sherbourne Health Clinic in
        Toronto, who works with the gay, lesbian and transgender community,
        who is a transgender male himself

    Viewers can submit questions directly to the experts online at the Your
Voice page at tvoparents.com, or by phone at 1.888.891.1195.
    To view a clip of Girl Inside, please visit the documentary section of
TVO's Fall 2007 Media Highlights at
    For media interviews or more information, please contact us at TVO

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity. We are committed to supporting citizen engagement in
Ontario: by helping children be successful learners, partnering with parents
in their children's education and encouraging people of all ages to become
active participants in the important issues of our time.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
ext. 2305, agarde@tvontario.org; Paul Ginis, (416) 484-2600, ext. 2445,

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