*Discovery Life Channel’s brand new series, “New Girls on the Block” (airing Saturdays at 10/9c) follows a group of highly inspirational women who are all friends – some couples – from Kansas City, who just happen to be transgender.
One of the participants in the series, Macy, is a middle-aged black woman who was married to her spouse, Sharon, for five years before she revealed that she was a woman and was going to transition from male to female. While Macy’s wife has continued to be supportive and stay by her side, unfortunately Macy’s employer was not as accepting. Macy was let go of her job that she held for over 20 years when she let them know she was transitioning at work, and while transgender people experience unemployment at twice the rate of the national average, trans people of color suffer unemployment at around four times the national average.*
“New Girls on the Block” follows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, MO – all friends, some couples – who just happen to be transgender. After years struggling with their gender identities, they are finally finding themselves and learning what it means to be the women they always knew that they were. Confronting issues with their relationships, their femininity, their families and friendships, “New Girls on the Block” is an authentic look at lives in transition. As the first series to embed with a real group of female friends within the transgender community, “New Girls on the Block“ offers a transformative look at these women’s lives as they navigate their daily struggles and successes. The five-part series airs on Discovery Life Channel on Saturdays at 10/9c.
Macy & Sharon
Macy, 50, and Sharon, 56, share a unique and inseparable bond. After five years of marriage, Macy decided to reveal to Sharon who she really is and decided to transition. Although Sharon can have a difficult time coping with Macy’s transition, she remains loyal and continues to support her spouse.
Sharon has helped Macy blossom into the beautiful woman that she is today even though it requires tremendous courage on her part at times, including helping Macy to dress shop at the same location Sharon bought her wedding gown.
Ever since she was a teenager Macy knew that she was a woman, but tried her best to keep the masculine persona expected of her up and push her feelings of her true self down. Macy compares this feeling to trying to keep an inflated beach ball under water – at some point, it’s going to come rushing to the surface.
Macy was unfortunately forced to leave her position that she held for over 20 years with a major employer in the Kansas City area when she decided to transition. Macy now finds herself part of a staggering statistic: while trans people experience unemployment at twice the rate of the national average, trans people of color suffer unemployment at around four times the national average.*
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*Statistics courtesy of http://www.thetaskforce.org