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identityLearning 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 women 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 the effects of hormone replacement therapy or discussing surgery options or just getting along in the wider community.

Mentors can be hard to find but fortunately a number of trans women 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 trans woman. 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.

NORRIE'S EVER EVOLVING UNDERSTANDING OF HIR GENDER IDENTITY

Article appeared in Polare 53, August 2003

Norrie had previously come to the conclusion that hir own (trans)gender situation was the result of circumstances of hir early childhood, but zie has recently been swayed to the opinion that it is the result of pre-natal or genetic circumstances, explains norrie ...

Article appeared in Polare 105, October 2015

Stephanie tells her story of a journey to becoming the woman she always felt herself to be, from the cross-dressing during her high school years, through her employment, her encounters with the Gender Centre and her transition to happiness today ... 

A POEM IN HONOUR OF DR SUPORN WATANYUSAKUL, CHON BURI, THAILAND

Article appeared in Polare 92, July 2012

Daughters of the Doctor by Kari Freyr McKern, is an outstanding piece of poetry,written in honour of sex reassignment surgery surgeon, Dr. Suporn Watanyusakul, Chon Buri, Thailand ...

THERE ARE MANY LIKE YOU, BOYS AND GIRLS, BORN WITH THE WRONG-SEXED BODIES

Article appeared in Polare 91, April 2012

Zoe Brain writes a letter of hope and support to her fifteen-year-old self, when back in 1973 she was enduring all of the hardships that go with growing up in a body that felt so foreign ...

KATHY ANN NOBLE OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN LIFE

Article appeared in Polare 44, February 2002

Kathy has been on a steep learning curve, like a young girl going through puberty,watching her body change, experimenting with her appearance, creating her identity. In October 2001 she changed her name. This is her diary, her diary of transition, her diary of change ... 

A JOURNEY REPEATED OVER AND OVER

Article appeared in Polare 58, July 2004

Jenny is biologically male and happy to be, and to live her male-gendered life. She is also, and no less, a woman by gender. Admitting that she cannot live as an androgyne, she is a true chameleon. This is the way she is, the way she has always longed to be, pangendered ... 

BEING GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO REBUILD MY LIFE THE WAY I WANT IT!

Article appeared in Polare 32, August 1999

About ten years ago Christine asked herself that all important question - am I transsexual? She'd had these feelings all of her life and knew from an early age that something was different. After many years of indecision I decided to talk to someone about my feelings ... 

... AND HER WORKPLACE TRANSITION

Article appeared in Polare 68, July 2006

Times have changed and society is now more understanding of the struggles and plight of transsexual people. Gender dysphoria is a condition that takes bravery and guts to firstly face, fight, and then resolve. Stephanie tells her story of coming-out and transitioning ... 

ASSAULTS AND BEATINGS, I'VE HAD MY SHARE

Article appeared in Polare 19, January 1997

Jessica believes that she was born a girl in a male body however her female side soon came out. She describes herself as happiest when in her sister's clothes and make-up, but when her father caught her in a dress she received the first of many bitter floggings ...

AN INTERVIEW WITH MONIKA KOWALSKA

Article appeared in Polare 105, October 2015

Monika Kowalska interviews Kathy Anne Noble, transgender activist, founder and president of Agender Australia, and Brisbane support group Changeling Aspects ...

A REASSIGNMENT SURGERY OF HER OWN

Article appeared in Polare 37, June 2000

In late October 2000, Laura, a believer in Paganism, will have her reassignment surgery. She's taken time getting to this point and before she goes she hopes to have a ritual or two with some pagan friends. The need for her is important, to mark a rite-of-passage ...

LIFE DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER

Article appeared in Polare 47, August 2002

Paula is sitting in her beautiful two storey home in the leafy suburbs of Southern California. Transitioning in the mid '90s, moving to America in 2000, life isn't bad for this post-op transsexual girl from Sydney who once thought there was very little to be happy about! ... 

 
 
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