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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.

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...

SURGERY WITH DR. SANGUAN KUNAPORN

Article appeared in Polare 92, July 2012

Joanne takes readers through her reassignment surgery with Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn in Phuket, Thailand, the extensive decision making process, the trip to Thailand, the surgery and how she was accompanied by a supportive friend. Her life is now very settled and happy ... 

AND MY COMING-OUT LETTER TO MY BROTHER

Article appeared in Polare 90, January 2012

For Marika, growing up in post W.W.II Holland was a struggle. From an early age she was painfully aware that her temperament and interests were at odds with those of other boys, school was a disaster and when she reached fifteen she was persuaded to join the R.A.F. ... 

RAMBLINGS OF A SCARED MIDDLE-AGED TRANSSEXUAL

Article appeared in Polare 6, February 1995

Although this article is called 'Observations',Rachael admits it would have been more accurate to call it 'Ramblings of a Scared Middle Aged Transsexual'. A month before her reassignment operation, Rachael writes of her transition and how her family have disowned her ... 

EXPERIENCING THE ADVANCES AND THE SETBACKS

Article appeared in Polare 52, June 2003

Areader describes their transition that had occurred about fifteen years prior, and it had been a tumultuous time, full of hope and despair. However they had survived and found a satisfying equilibrium in life because of an abiding ease with who they are ... 

VIEWPOINTS THAT CHALLENGE LONG-STANDING NOTIONS

Article appeared in Polare 23, February 1998

In the time since she first acknowledged her bisexuality, Julie has done a considerable amount of soul searching and self-analysis and in this article she shares some of her viewpoints that challenge long-standing notions about how gender relates to sexual orientation ...

AN UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE TO SAY THE LEAST

Article appeared in Polare 11, February 1996

For the next three years I attended church services come rain or shine, sang hymns and listened to what they had to say. I didn't believe a word of it" says Laura, who recounts her experiences at church and on the beach ...

LIFE MEMBER OF THE SEAHORSE SOCIETY

Article appeared in Polare 84, July 2010

All her life Phia, now over 80-years-old, was tortured by the knowledge that she should have been born female. A life-member of the Seahorse Society, she told a doctor and psychologist about her feelings in 1952 but they were unable to help, it was different back then ...

JOANNE'S RECENT 'COMING-OUT'

Article appeared in Polare 12, April 1996

Joanne Charles explains that she has only recently come out about her real self and has chosen to live her life in a more or less male role because of the loving relationship with her spouse ... 

 
 
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