Moment Big Brother's Hallie comes out as transgender
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Big Brother UK is back on our TV screens after a five-year hiatus (this time rebooted by ITV and hosted by AJ Odudu and Will Best), and the series has already been praised for its diversity, as housemate Hallie came out to her fellow contestants as transgender during Monday night’s episode.
The 18-year-old youth worker from London was one of 16 housemates to enter the Big Brother house this week, with the line-up also featuring Wolverhampton makeup artist and Muslim Farida, and Coventry DJ and amputee Dylan.
Many fans of the show have responded to the negativity by pointing out Big Brother has “always been diverse”.
Alongside Farida having a chat with housemates about halal meat, Monday’s episode also saw Hallie tell the group she felt she “wasn’t being 100 per cent authentic in myself” when she entered the house the day before.
She said: “So I just thought I would let everyone know, I’m trans, if you didn’t know already. I just thought I’d make that loud and clear.
“So yeah, I’m a trans woman, if you didn’t know. Just wanted to bring that up.”
Hallie received an outpouring of support from fellow housemates after coming out, with everyone sharing their pronouns as a result.
During a discussion with 25-year-old barman Jenkin and 40-year-old NHS manager Kerry, Hallie revealed she would use the £100,000 prize money on a “designer vagina” if she went on to be crowned winner of the reality TV show.
“The mind doesn’t match the body – that’s the best way to describe being trans. I have a female mind, but the body just doesn’t match,” she explained.
After Monday’s episode was broadcast, Hallie received a huge outpouring of support online for the “powerful” statement made in the current “political climate”:
The bravery of Hallie not only doing this in the house, but also in the current media and political climate. Huge. #bbuk
Those couple of minutes when Hallie came out as trans, everyone fully accepting it and then going round the group asking for pronouns was the most inclusive, and underplayed, bit of TV I've seen in ages. \n\nWell done housemates! \ud83d\udc4f\n\n#BBUK
Within 5 minutes they checked about Halal food, checked each other's pronouns and Hallie spoke about beng Trans - that's how simple it is. No fuss, no eye rolls, no sighs, nothing, just respect. #BigBrotherUK #BBUK
Sorry that\u2019s got me so emotional how respectful they\u2019re all being about Farida and Hallie. Asking to double check pronouns across the group afterwards, like that\u2019s such a gorgeous moment #bbuk
That entire scene about Farida and the Halal Meat, Hallie coming out as Trans, and everyone making sure people understand how important it is before they split to do different things!\n\nIT REALLY CAN BE THAT UNCOMPLICATED \ud83d\udc4f\n\n#BBUK
Whether she wins or not I\u2019ve no doubt people will raise enough money for Hallie to get a designer vagina when she gets out of that house. These conversations are so bloody important to hear on national television. #bbuk