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Channel 4's 'My Transsexual Summer' cleared by Ofcom

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Channel 4's My Transsexual Summer has been cleared by Ofcom after a man shown on the factual series complained that his privacy had been infringed and he had been made to look like he was "disgusted" with transgender people.

My Transsexual Summer followed a group of seven people who were "undertaking a range of gender affirmation procedures as they make the journey to realise their true identities".

In a sequence aired on Channel 4 last November, the programme featured the group going to a bowling alley for an evening out.

Paul Greaves was featured briefly in this sequence as he was also on a night out with his family, but he complained that his privacy had been "unwarrantably infringed" by the programme makers.

He also claimed that his portrayal on the programme made it appear as though he was "someone who was totally disgusted with the transgender individuals who were visiting the bowling alley".

However, Ofcom rejected both the complaints, saying that he did not have a "legitimate expectation" to privacy in the public place, and that he was not treated unfairly by the programme.

The incident occurred as one of the programme participants, called 'Drew', was discussing her lack of confidence amongst strangers. She had a session with a Jujitsu instructor and was then persuaded to visit the bowling alley.

The programme narrator said: "Tonight Drew will have the support of her new friends to draw on but the bright lights of the bowling alley are no help when trying to pass in public."

Another member of the group, "Donna", then talked about the size of her feet, which was when Greaves was shown briefly sitting on a bench with his family. He was not named nor referred to directly on the programme.

However, the police officer claimed that the correlation of the voiceover and his image meant he was portrayed as being "totally disgusted" with the transgender group being in the bowling alley, which he said was not the case.

As a "very open-minded" person, Greaves said that he was "deeply upset" by the way the programme had portrayed him.

However, Ofcom noted that Channel 4 had complied with broadcasting regulations in regards to seeking people's permission in the bowling alley before filming.

The media regulator also dismissed the claim that the programme had made Greaves appear as though he was disapproving of the transgender group.

"In Ofcom's opinion, viewers of this footage would have regarded Mr Greaves as simply one of many people who had come to the bowling alley for an evening out and who were naturally curious about the filming that was taking place in front of them and possibly about the transgender contributors who were being filmed," said Ofcom.

"Ofcom also observed that the rest of the programme made it clear that although Drew had been concerned about going to the bowling alley because she feared the potential reaction to her by members of the public she had found the experience to be very positive.

"Taking account of the factors noted above Ofcom concluded that the programme did not imply that Mr Greaves was 'totally disgusted' with the transgender individuals who were visiting the bowling alley or that he had any adverse reaction to them."

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