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Personal Stories

personal storiesLearning from those who have gone before can be a great way to ease anxiety levels and reduce the isolation that one may feel while questioning their gender options or even while in transition. Reading personal stories of other guys at different stages of transition, learning how others have dealt with issues like disclosing one's intentions to loved ones, coping with relationship issues, hormone issues, learning to live with increased aggression and libido or discussing surgery options or just getting along in the wider community.

Mentors can be hard to find but fortunately a number of trans guys have put pen to paper and shared their experiences, their thoughts, and their concerns in an attempt to make life easier for those who follow in their footsteps and encounter similar issues to the ones that they have in the past. This kind of peer support can be terribly important to a transitioning transman. We remain very grateful to those that have shared their stories.

Support Information is available for download from The Gender Centre, and are available in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar to view and print P.D.F. files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it for free at the Adobe website.

POPE JOAN, BEARDED WOMEN AND OTHER SAINTS TO THE TRAGEDY OF JEANNE D'ARC

Article appeared in Polare 6, February 1995

History has remained silent about females who lived as men. But during the Middle Ages many of them reached public prominence, and were even canonized by the Church, including the remarkable and tragic St. Joan of Arc, best known of all the women who adopted a male role ... 

A TATTOOED HEART AND THE FACIAL HAIR HE NOW PROUDLY SPORTED

Article appeared in Polare 96, July 2013

Dan is now twenty, and had been on testosterone for seven months when he and Pip Rasmussen, Media student at Macquarie University talked. Dan's transition the subject of Pip's project, part of her degree, achieving a high distinction ... 

HOW I CAME-OUT TO MY BOOK CLUB

Article appeared in Polare 95, April 2013

Kerry uses his book club's reading of Eugenia by Mark Tedeschi, to disclose his trans status to other book club members and responds to some of the questions that flowed from his relevation ... 

SOMEWHERE, JUST SOMEWHERE IN-BETWEEN

Article appeared in Polare 7, May 1995

Throughout his childhood, Nicky couldn't freely express his feelings to his parents who thought he was a tomboy like his sister. As his breasts began to develop and periods began, his obsessive compulsion to wash became worse, he became deeply depressed and moody ... 

SOMETIMES IT IS SIMPLY A 'DICK' THING

Article appeared in Polare 18, August 1997

Marcus Arana is revelling in his new body now. So relieved to be hormonally male, relieved to have a flat chest that he chides himself for missing his penis. It's a big deal for him, despite acknowledging that he was a man before transition, before hormones and surgery ...

AND THE "SANE MAD MAN"

Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995

David was asked to strip while the specialist inspected and touched him. He shoved him and his language was curt. He was weighed, his height and other measurements taken, he felt like an animal that was being studied like a prized anthropological specimen in a zoo ... 

LIVING LIFE MORE AS A MAN, AND LESS AS A TRANSSEXUAL

Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995

Jasper never wanted to become so ordinary in his whole life! Yet now he realises that he is indeed living an ordinary male life and attributes this to having friends and a lover who love him as the man they know he is among other things ...

... AND THE MUCH NEEDED, KEENLY AWAITED HORMONAL CHANGES

Article appeared in Polare 27, October 1998

Iidentify as a man but the mirror doesn't support this. I still don't see the man I want to project. I still see the past woman. Sometimes I get confirmation from other people that I'm changing ... 

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL WHOLE

Article appeared in Polare 8, August 1995

For the first time his life Sean feels balanced and content with himself. He discovers what a wonderful feeling it is to be honest with himself. Emotionally and spiritually he is a man who accepts his feminine side ...

A TRANSITION UPDATE

Article appeared in Polare 22, December 1997

Jamie is finding that the more he consciously exercises his male-self and interacts with others as a male in public that he's more outgoing and self-assured than the shy, self-effacing, insecure female construct that he'd been using for social interaction all these years ... 

JOURNEY TO FEEL COMFORTABLE

Article appeared in Polare 103, May 2015

Indigenous Brotherboy Kai Clancy tells the story of his journey from being unhappy and confused, to feeling comfortable and having his appearance match how he felt inside ...

Article appeared in Polare 101, November 2014

Konnor responds to an online question about transgender surgery and ends up revealing so much about his transition as someone who transitioned in his forties ... 

NEWFOUND STRENGTH AND INNER PEACE

Article appeared in Polare 37, June 2000

All my life I felt like a stranger, not understanding what I was feeling, an empty feeling inside, searching for who I truly am. I tried to be as masculine as I could. I was the first girl in my school to take auto mechanics, the first to be expelled for wearing slacks ...

ANDREW STOPS FIGHTING HIS OWN SHADOW

Article appeared in Polare 36, April 2000

Andrew's story is different from others that he's read in that he was fighting with his own shadow. For most of his life he was living in an the world of his imagination, created to ease his pain, but he is most excited about learning to live in the reality as his true self ... 

FROM THE BOOK - TRANSFORMING FAMILIES: REAL STORIES ABOUT TRANSGENDERED LOVED ONES

Article appeared in Polare 30, April 1999

Steve just turned eleven. His life revolves around rocketry, soccer, and improvising stand-up comedy routines in the kitchen. His parents are concerned about the changes puberty will bring, because they know how distressed he will be when breasts begin to develop ... 

 
 
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