As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community. Welcome to this evolving collection. Please upgrade your browser. Site Navigation Site Mobile Navigation Transgender Lives: Your Stories As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community.
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Transgender success stories
This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female. In my case, I was diagnosed at age 40 with gender dysphoria and at age 50 with psychological issues due to childhood trauma. I thought my secret was safe, but my teenage uncle heard about it and felt I was fair game for taunting and sexual abuse. If not for the purple dress, I believe I would not have been abused by my uncle.
Hormones, surgery, regret: I was a transgender woman for 8 years — time I can't get back
When Dr. They felt different, but nobody knew the word for it. Whatever it was, it felt shameful. In some ways, it proved advantageous. They were collectively drawn to male-dominated fields: electrical engineering, politics, surgery, computer tech, sports and the Navy.
I might have transitioned sooner to live as a female had there been greater public awareness of transgender people. There has been no shortage of stereotypes and Hollywood images, and none of them ever seemed to fit me. It wasn't until I read Crossing, t he autobiography of noted economist and university professor Deirdre McCloskey, that I started to realize that there are transgender people in every walk of life—even mine. Since then I have learned of lots of transgender success stories, many of which were not widely known because those involved had kept quiet about their transgender status.