Ashley’s story about identifying as transgender

Ashley, who was born ‘Adam’, has early memories of feeling different but not being able to put her finger on exactly what that meant. She discusses coming to terms with those feelings, and all of the things she's learnt along the way.

Read the transcript.

What are Freedom Stories?

Together with ACON, ReachOut worked with some talented filmmakers and storytellers to produce a number of digital stories. Our storytellers share their own experiences of coming to terms with their sexuality and gender, and talk about what they know now that they wish they’d known before.

About the filmmaker

Emerging director Lily Rolfe has been working in the Australian film industry since she graduated from high school in 2006. She began directing in 2011. She’s worked with actors such as Bruce Spence, Heather Mitchell, Anna McGahan and Alex Williams. Her film GINGERS was screened on SBS in 2013 and CENSUS at Flickerfest. THE TENDER DARK was funded by the Screen NSW EFF program in 2013.

Why Lily Rolfe got involved

Lily got involved in this project because she believes there needs to be more positive stories told about transgender people so that society will become more accepting and transphobia will eventually become a thing of the past.

Have a look at some of Lily's other work.

What can I do now?

  • Get the down low on sex and gender here.

  • Chat about gender and sexuality in a supportive environment on the ReachOut Forums.