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Stephanie Hirst says the doctor told her she would lose family and friends if she switched

Radio presenter Stephanie Hirst has revealed that when she was a teenager, a doctor told her not to switch or she risked losing her family and friends.

The Hits Radio presenter announced in 2014 that she was transgender and was undergoing gender confirmation surgery.

Hirst performed on Wednesday (March 30). Permissive womenwhere she spoke about her experiences with the transition.

Hirst said she’d known she was trans since she was three, but that her mother “swept it under the rug” because she “didn’t understand anything about it” and hoped that “everything would just go away.”

The presenter then said that when she was a teenager she went to see a doctor about the transition, but he advised her not to go through with it.

“I went up to him and told him how I felt, and his words were something like, ‘I strongly advise you not to take this path in life, you will lose family and friends and you will not have a prosperous life,'” he said she. “I remember getting back in my car and just crying my eyes out.”

It was the struggle with suicidal thoughts that prompted Hirst to make the transition in 2014. The DJ said she was lucky to have a doctor who quickly referred her to a gender identity clinic.

“If you go to your doctors now and get referred to a gender identity clinic, it takes between three and five years,” she said.

Hirst was widely praised for her performance Permissive womenwith many viewers suggesting she should be a regular panelist.

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“I think @ITV should offer @StephanieHirst a job as a #LooseWomen panelist. She would be awesome!” wrote one Twitter user.

“Well what a revelation @StephanieHirst was on TV today,” read another tweet. “Absolutely gorgeous and so authentic and honest. Someone please give her a proper long-term television deal.”

One commenter wrote: “Amazing interview with @StephanieHirst on @loosewomen. I could listen to her all day – so captivating! Future panelist maybe.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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