One such youth is Laylah Beattie, a 20 year old blogger, journalist and social activist who prides herself on being an outspoken voice for the trans community. She is a keen writer, and poet, and articulately charts her experiences of life as an Irish trans woman on her ”Laylah Talks” site. She has even written an autobiography entitled ”Who Cares” to 5 star Amazon reviews, and made appearances on the Late Late Show, just recently alongside Caitlyn Jenner. Beattie is clearly not backward in coming forward about her life thus far. As such, she was only too happy to speak with me about points of interest such as her transition, gender norms, transphobia and how life has changed since Laylah came to light.
Louise chats to Laylah Beattie for the second episode of her new podcast where she interviews inspirational women.
To watch videos about my transition, click here.
As an author, blogger and model, DAVID BEATTIE, 19, is also a LEADING VOICE in TRANSGENDER RIGHTS in Ireland and beyond…
On finding my voice: I’ve always had a very strong sense of what’s right and wrong and I’ve always fought for what I believed in, particularly when it came to my right to identify and exist however I wanted to. When I began transitioning, I found I had a lot to say about my experiences of the world. I thought the media represented being trans as a very negative thing, as though you automatically had an awful life just because you were born in the wrong body. I wanted to talk about my own experience which was very different from that so I wrote my first book (Who Cares) and it all grew from there. I’m a firm believer that if you don’t like the world you’re living in, you should do what you can to change it.
As more individuals embrace their true selves, the Celtic nations undergo a transition in identity.
Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) can be dated back to the early 20th century, with gender transitioning reaching even further into the past. Denmark native Lili Elbe – the inspiration for David Ebershoff’s international bestselling novel, and subsequent film, The Danish Girl – was the first SRS recipient on record, undergoing the procedure in 1930.
Following an in-depth discussion with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late not too long ago, model, journalist and transgender-activist David Beattie has produced a plethora of videos about his life, depicting what it’s really like to grow up trans in Ireland.
There has been widespread praise for North Wexford teenager David Beattie who shared his transgender story with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last Friday night.
The 19-year-old journalism student told Ryan that he realised he was transgender two years ago, and he has now begun his journey to become female, and will be known as Laylah. He estimates it could take up to five years for the transition to be complete, and he still identifies as male.
Transgender teen David Beattie is in the midst of transitioning to female – though still identifying as David – and chats about how watching a Caitlyn Jenner documentary helped him realise his true self.
David Beattie is no ordinary teenager. At 19, he has had more success than many adults.
He has written widely about being transgender and is now a leading voice in transgender rights in Ireland and further afield.
Viewers have applauded transgender teen David Beattie for his bravery speaking about his transition on The Late Late Show.
Some may the teenager recognise from Vogue William’s documentary on the trans community where she talked to many about their transitions.
“I’ve never had bad experiences – but when I transferred to secondary school, it was very different,” he said.
For videos about my transition, click here.
To watch videos about my transition, click here.
The Late Late Show line-up currently is, has always been and probably will always be a topic of conversation throughout the nation each week.
And this week is much the same, but for all the right reasons.
In the midst of a time of change, of old laws, new freedoms and less secrets – we shall all collectively be meeting Irish transgender teen, David Beattie, who is in the midst of transitioning to female, on Tubridy’s couch on Friday.
The 30-year-old presenter investigates issues affecting the lives of her own generation, starting with people who do not identify with their gender.
Plans for DIT to include gender neutral toilets in the new Grangegorman campus have been met with praise, but some students are concerned that there are no such facilities in other DIT campuses.
The new campus will include accessible toilets in each of the buildings, and all future buildings on the new campus will also have gender neutral toilets as well as traditional toilets.
David Beattie, a second year Journalism student based in the Aungier Street campus, who is currently in the process of gender transitioning, says that students should feel comfortable while attending their present designated campus.
David Beattie is 18 years old. He has just self-published his first book called ‘Who Cares? Life for an Irish Transgender Teen’. He is in the early stages of transitioning to a female called Laylah. He joins Ray this afternoon to share his story publicly for the first time.
The first thing you notice about David Beattie is his height. At 6’2, he towers over lesser mortals. The next is his stylish dress sense. What is less obvious is that David is an articulate and sensitive 18-year-old, who has recently self-published an autobiography about growing up trans in Ireland.