What To Expect When You're Transitioning

What’s the reality of male-to-female transitioning on the NHS? Listener Lexi Perry-Weston says the online resources she found didn’t relate to her experiences at all.

In this interview with Olly, she explains how she’s been supported in her trans journey by her family, her workplace and the medical establishment - but also harassed by the public, fetishised by partners and discriminated against by businesses.

From hormones to dating apps, vocal therapy to changing room etiquette, this is one Mann-fan’s experience of gender transitioning in 2020.

CONTENT WARNING: interview contains references to rape, suicide, abuse, recounting of transphobic language and gender dysphoria.

In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.


Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart is testing out the ‘No Poo’ trend. Can he survive one whole month without washing his hair or body using soap or shampoo? 

Along the way, he learns about sebum oil, microbiomes, and a surprising use for cornstarch. And washes his hands, because as we all know good hand hygiene is imperative at the moment. Stay Alert, kids.

If YOU would like to challenge Ollie to investigate a contemporary trend, send your suggestion through now via the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk


Elsewhere, in The Foxhole, Alix Fox assists a listener who wants to be eco-friendly in the bedroom. Is there such a thing as a truly biodegradable condom? And how many air miles has her favourite vibrator travelled, before it heads down below? Alix consults Gabrielle Lods, founder of Green Condom Club, for advice.

If YOU have a question of sex for Alix - you can remain entirely anonymous if you like - just fill out the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk


Music this month comes from Creeper, and their song, ‘Poisoned Heart’. You’ll find it on their compellingly theatrical rock album, Sex Death & The Infinite Void, out now.


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We’ll be back with a new episode on October 10th.


Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Lexi Perry-Weston, Creeper. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2020.


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