When someone accepts that they are transgender and begin their transition, you can bet there is a lot to learn no matter which gender they are transitioning from. From how to read new clothing sizes to how to kiss someone on the cheek in a friendly way, there are many subtleties and nuances that are typically learned through osmosis as people mature from childhood. Those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to have come to terms with our gender identity prior or during our natural puberty may have picked up some of these outside tidbits through social interactions, but as we are typically forced out of our desired gender, we undoubtedly miss out on a lot.
Thus, we are faced with a decade or more of past experiences to parse through and multiple social and/or familial obligations to uphold. This can be an exceedingly daunting process the older we are. Some may simply give up on finding their answer completely…
The “Am I Transgender?” series is meant to clearly show the steps I took to eventually reach a personal level of self-acceptance and attempt to offer up tools for others to answer an incredibly difficult question: Should I transition? If you have watched my Coming Out video, some of this may sound familiar, but I wanted to create something current that others could reference as a guide. Everyone’s journey is varied and highly personal, but whether you identify on the male or female gender spectrum, some people don’t have a clue where to even begin. By offering up my personal methodology, my hope is that others will be able to reach an answer as I did and take action towards embracing their whole self.
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