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A Change of Sex

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Fifteen years ago George Roberts became Julia Grant through a sex change operation that was filmed in intimate detail for a television documentary, shown over the last two weeks.
In The Untold Story the same producer, David Pearson , brings the story up to date and finds out how Julia, now 39, has coped with her new identity.
Julia had thought the operation would mean the end of her problems. It did not. Her love affair ended, the surgery went wrong and she was hounded by the press. As a consequence she submerged herself in drink, drugs and the seamy side of life in Amsterdam. But Julia is a fighter and although "the memories still seep in like the damp", she started over again.
Even so her problems are still not over. She has lost four inches in height because she didn't have hormone treatment and a prolapse means she cannot function as a "natural woman". Despite all this she doesn't regret the change, only the way she was treated.
Ironically, Julia is faced with the prospect of major surgery again. But she explains, "I owe it to myself to complete what I started all those years ago."
The pain and pleasure of being Julia Grant SEE FEATURE page 30

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Unknown: George Roberts
Unknown: Julia Grant
Producer: David Pearson

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