Society 02 December 2013 42 313

His name is Julia

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According to his passport, he is Yury Ovodov, a 49-year old father of two. However, as a transsexual he believes that he is actually a woman, and his decision to act the part has alienated his family and stunted his career prospects. Although still physiologically a male, Julia insists on wearing makeup, women's clothing and high heels. Julia longs for an operation which would make her physically resemble a woman, claiming that otherwise he'll finally succeed in committing suicide. RTd follows a person trapped between two identities as he seeks acceptance, both from his community and from himself.

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