Grayson Perry describes gender identity issues in new short film series

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Grayson Perry attends the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition on June 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Grayson Perry launches new series for Channel 4 telling the stories about gender issues. The Turner Prize winner has long been candid about his fluid gender identity, cross-dressing and exploring female alter-ego “Claire”.

In the first film, Grayson talks about his early ventures into cross-dressing as a boy, and his journey to becoming the person and artist he is now. The remaining three films feature Grayson meeting trans people who have different concepts of gender identity but all take great risks to be themselves. The first is transgender model Tschan, 24, who returns to Brixton where she was bullied when younger.

The second is Geoff, 66, a transvestite truck driver who has opened ‘Tina’s Hotel’, a haven for other transvestites at his Essex home. The third person Grayson meets is EJ, 42, a transgender fashion historian who is now comfortable in his male identity – but who bravely wears wear a dress for the first time in 30 years to challenge traditional gender stereotypes.

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