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Personal Stories

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.

... 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! ... 

Article appeared in Polare 104, August 2015

SSydney may have it's rough edges just like every other community, but it's the best city Kate could ever wish to live in while completing her transition ...

HOW PRISON LIFE CHANGED MY WORLD

Article appeared in Polare 88, July 2011

When she was eighteen, Mel lived in Osaka, Japan and worked in a trans club. She learned how to use make-up, how to dance, how to drink and how to make men happy to spend their money on her. She was young and couldn't see how shallow and pointless it all was ... 

STARTING TO LIVE THE LIFE THAT I'D BEEN DREAMING OF

Article appeared in Polare 3, March 1994

My mother said that I wouldn't live to see my twenty-first birthday. Well, I am now 24 and pleased to have proven her wrong. I am a drag queen but no longer dress as a woman. I decided to take on a male role when I was drunk and having a bad night at work ... 

SHIRLEY FULFILS HER LIFE'S DREAM

Article appeared in Polare 27, October 1998

Shirley travels to Phuket for her date with Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn and her long awaited sex reassignment surgery. She explains in detail her nervousness and how Dr. Kunaporn's mild manner had put her at ease and certain she had made the right choice to travel to Thailand ... 

AS ANOTHER CHRISTMAS LOOMS

Article appeared in Polare 98, January 2014

As another Christmas looms, Marika approaches it with quite different feelings of anticipation and expectation than she did in past years. As parent and grandparent to a number of children, her festive involvement was, for decades, almost entirely focussed on immediate family ... 

CONFINED TO DREAMS, DAYDREAMS AND CLOSET CROSS-DRESSING

Article appeared in Polare 15, October 1996

Helen writes about her drive to want to be a woman and that she quickly learnt that expressing these desires would only lead to social ostracism. Her wish to be a woman was confined to dreams, daydreams and closet dressing in either her mother's or eldest sister's clothes...

 
 
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