A few nights ago, I watched "Life Story". It's a dramatised TV show based on the true stories of real people. Anyway, in this episode, the relatively well-known Singapore comedienne and actress Abigail Chay (Under One Roof; Money No Enough etc) played the role of the main character.
The main character has had transsexualism since he was a young boy. Psychologically, he is unable to think of himself as male, and feels as if he's a girl/woman. Eventually, he has a sex-change operation and becomes a woman (well, kind of).
Her subsequent life story through the years had various dramatic moments - including her parents' distress at her condition; a failed wedding (the groom walked out on her); and a nasty incident many years ago where some friend-turned-villain blackmails her by threatening to reveal to the world that she was once a man.
Anyway, guess what? Abigail Chay was playing herself. Yup, that was her own life story. Abigail Chay was once a man. I thought it was enormously courageous of her to do a TV show like this. Nobody asks to be born with transsexualism, and it comes with a huge social stigma, which is unfortunate. I hope the TV show helped to educate some people and open their minds. Transsexuals - the world should give them a little more understanding and acceptance.
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