For the first time in my life, I feel free in my own body and free from the misery I’ve carried my whole life, free of gender dysphoria.
In seven days I’ll be recovering after gender affirmation surgery – it seems unreal.
Motherhood is an ambition that has seemed completely inaccessible for me for most of the last 30 years. My recent revelation that motherhood is, in fact, a possibility or an option in my life has been overwhelming.
I’m extremely lucky – to have a partner who has been my girlfriend, my almost-boyfriend, and my butch rock, throughout transition.
Not all trans people want surgery, however, I do.
Correcting my name and the sex designation on the birth registry was one of the most critical and vital parts of transition for me.
Coming out to family and friends was one thing, coming out at work was an entirely different experience.
What do your previous relationships, careers, achievements, successes and failures mean after you change your name and start living as the gender you really are?
Emotional labour is the mental effort required to do something or be something. To be trans, to be openly trans is a lot of emotional work sometimes.
About four months ago I started Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), the effects are starting to assert themselves.