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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.

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 ... 

... AS AN EFFEMINATE CHILD IN AN EXTREMELY HOMOPHOBIC FAMILY

Article appeared in Polare 29, February 1999

Eva experienced an extremely homophobic family and school life but doesn't remember identifying as any gender as a child. Although aware of gender differences, she was an overtly effeminate child, at age four she wanted to be a ballerina. This is her story ...

ELAINE'S REVELATION, BOTH SHOCKING AND FREEING

Article appeared in Polare ,

The idea hit Elaine as if the sky had fallen on her. Most of her life she had struggled to be a man. Her life of struggle, pain and apparent failure could be explained in this single truth: she was a woman born in a man's body, a revelation, both shocking and freeing ...

ALISON'S WEEKEND IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

Article appeared in Polare 25, June 1998

Invited to a Women's Retreat in the Blue Mountains, Alison, who has only been living as a woman for six months found the prospect of a weekend of communal living with twenty other women daunting, however instead, she experienced the indescribable joy of belonging ... 

TO BE ABLE TO BE WHO I AM

Article appeared in Polare 50, February 2003

Peta is a transgendered woman born in Balmain in 1951, now living in Canberra and in the middle of life is finding contentment, a sense of balance. She has most of what she needs, her unmet needs can't be bought. She delights in the simple pleasures, this is her story ...

GESELLE'S GENDER DYSPHORIA CLAIMED YEARS OF HER LIFE

Article appeared in Polare 11, February 1996

Geselle Galadriel writes of her gender dysphoria and how it claimed years of her desperately lonely life. Ever since she's been asking why? The knowledge to understand was hard won over 28 years, for she had never masculinized, not at the age of 4 or even 14 ... 

WE NEED TO EDUCATE SOCIETY AT A GRASS-ROOTS LEVEL

Article appeared in Polare 26, August 1998

As a community we have come a long way, but Caroline feels that there is a way to go just yet. She considers that we have to educate society at grass-roots level with education programs in schools rather than having people believing what they read or see in the media ...

FROM BOY TO GIRL TO BRIDE AND BEYOND

Article appeared in Polare 87, April 2011

From Boy to Girl to Bride and Beyond: Toni's story of her move from Boorowa to Canberra, to Sydney, her transition, to Egypt for surgery, back to Sydney, married life and more to come ... 

TO BE JESSICA, TO BE SEEN AS JESSICA, HEARD AS JESSICA ...

Article appeared in Polare 101, February 2014

Jessica takes the time to talk about her workplace transition in the hope that her personal insights and experiences will assist others in their own journeys ... 

 
 
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