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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.

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 ... 

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 ... 

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 ... 

WEEPING FOR A LIFE SHE COULDN'T HAVE

Article appeared in Polare 12, April 1996

As a young boy Keven Morrow cried himself to sleep each night. For trapped within Keven's slowly maturing male body was the psyche of a girl weeping for a life she couldn't have. Now, more than thirty years later, Keven has achieved what he once thought was impossible ... 

IT ALL STARTED IN A MIDDLE-CLASS SUBURB IN MELBOURNE ...

Article appeared in Polare 33, October 1999

Leisha, from the middle-class suburbs of Melbourne tells her story. At the age of 10 she realised she was different and told her father that she wanted to become a female. And what a mistake that was, he returned with the threat to kill her if she ever expressed that wish ... 

TELLS HER STORY ...

Article appeared in Polare 106, January 2016

On 20 November 2015, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, N.S.W. Police Sergeant Valerie Wagstaff, a transgender woman herself, told her inspiring story ...

A BUNCH OF THOUGHTS

Article appeared in Polare 24, April 1998

Caitlin has been trying to work out what it is to be male. She has been trying to clarify in her mind which behavioural elements are learnt and which are not. But what is it to be female? She doesn't feel knowledgeable enough to speculate from the female perspective ...

TESTS CONFIRM WHAT SHE KNEW ALL ALONG

Article appeared in Polare 70, January 2007

ANewcastle woman had tests worth $3000 last year to prove something she already knew and had known since she was four, that she was female. But for years she had to fight educated, authoritative people who insisted she was not, the people that ran the sport of Lawn Bowls in N.S.W.! ... 

 
 
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