These transgender men shared their story of loneliness on The Late Late Show last night
Both the audience in studio and the viewers at home showed massive support for the guests.
In 2015, Irish citizens were given the right to change their legal gender based on self-identification alone, without medical or state intervention, making Ireland a global leader in trans-rights and one of just five countries in the world that has legislation based on self-determination.
On Thursday 17 May, a new documentary series aired on RTE, and My Trans Life gave an intimate portrait of young Irish transgender people on their journey to transition.
On Friday evening, Ryan Tubridy had some guests on from the show, and Nicky Manning, Luke O'Reilly Kane and his mother Maura were nothing but bracingly honest about their situation.
Here is Nicky Manning talking to Ryan Tubridy about the daily struggles he deals with in order to just live his life as who he wishes to be:
Clip via The Late Late Show
While the guests were greeted with warmth and applause for their honesty and bravery by those in the audience, viewers at home were almost practically unanimous with their feelings towards the two men:
Haven't looked at the #Latelate T/L but I hope there's no ignorant or disrespectful remarks about these two Transgender lads. Extremely honest & courageous guys!#LateLateShow
— L. NíHéineacháin (@LaobhaoiseNihE) May 18, 2018
#latelate fair play to these two guys on sharing their transgender stories. They look great and are really articulate!
— Clare Smith (@clarebear993) May 18, 2018
THIS is what courage looks like.
These are the people who sacrifice so much just to be who they truly are.
It's usually the haters that are the ones so afraid of being their true selves and hate them for being so brave.
#LateLate #AlwaysBeYourself #Transrights #MyTransLife pic.twitter.com/WdTjVnwNpe
— Linehansolo (@MarkLennyskillz) May 18, 2018