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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.

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 ... 

WE NEVER PLANNED NOR WONDERED HOW IT WOULD BE FOR US WHEN TRANSITION WAS OVER

Article appeared in Polare 41, August 2001

Deanna's transition, to all intents and purposes, is over. Transition, and getting to the end of it, was her focus for so long. Transition required and drained so much of her energy and she looked for and celebrated changes and milestones brought on by her transition ... 

AND THE 'ART' OF DATING MEN

Article appeared in Polare 95, April 2013

Marika shares some of her experiences in relation to being privy to 'secret women's business' among her circle of friends, and she also shares her friends' version on the 'art' of dating men ... 

DETERMINED TO REDUCE THOSE UNFORTUNATE CLOTHING 'MISTAKES'

Article appeared in Polare 94, January 2013

Marika was determined not to make the mistake of over-compensating and presenting as some kind of "dolly-bird" or "femme-fatale". In this article Marika takes us shopping to many of the well-known department stores in an attempt to limit the clothing mistakes often made by those in early transition ... 

 
 
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