TV's first show about transgender women premieres April 11 on Discovery Life

By Lynette Rice
April 06, 2015 05:45 PM
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One of the stars of TV’s first show about transgender women has a candid message to share with viewers about what’s it is like to be her.

“Part of this cloud of confusion around transgender people is surgeries because they start focusing on surgeries and the genitalia,” said Macy, 50, one of six women women who are starring in New Girls on the Block for Discovery Life. “The focus needs to be on our lives as people,” said Macy. We’re human beings. And our humanity gets lost in that cloud of confusion.”

In this exclusive clip, Macy and the show’s other stars gather to discuss their friends transition and whether they should celebrate with a big party. They toast to “Macy’s stepping-out party!”

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Macy says of her transition.

The five-part series marks the first time a TV show has embedded itself within the transgender community. The unscripted series will follow eight people, six of whom are transgender women, in varying stages of their transition and in relationships.

Since Discovery Life revealed it would air New Girls on the Block, TLC announced a summer series focusing on transgender teen Jazz Jennings, while ABC Family said it would premiere Becoming Us – a show about a Chicago-area teen whose dad Charlie transitions to become Carly – in June or July, as well.

New Girls on the Block premieres April 11 at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery Life.