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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.

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.! ... 

HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH AND BE PROUD

Article appeared in Polare 11, Feb 1996

I am writing in regard to an article published in Polare in May 1995, written by Val titled "You're a Tranny & You're Beautiful". I have been on hormone treatment for four months now and I have never feltbetter. I have seen my physical and psychological state change very quicklyand it feels great. I am a nice person and socially interact well with people. Ihave worked for eight years as an aerobics instructor which helped build myconfidence greatly. I was once a painfully shy person, but not anymore. Andyes, I do love myself, but not in an egotistical way, I just feel really comfortablewith myself. I feel that I am a beautiful tranny. I have men chasing and complimenting me,and I am not complaining for one moment as I love the attention.

OH HOW I LOVE BEING ME!

Article appeared in Polare 10, December 1995

This is what normal is to me. Why am I different? Why during earlier periods of my life, was I different? For all my being, I was a girl. I was a child, I was a human. So what's to be made of differences, when there are so few compared to our sameness as human beings? ...

 
 
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