I just wanted to say that for anyone out there that is transgendered and in a state of confusion and worried about it… please try not to be. I’ve been trans* for the last 40 years and a few years ago, came out as such.
The result… not much really! I too had built up an image in my head of what would happen – I’d be beaten up, shouted at and abused, shunned by friends and maybe lose my job. I was so confused that I could barely function at work as the thoughts around gender dysphoria ran around my head. I saw the doctor, psychiatrists and psychologists, went to the Gender Identity Clinic but it didn’t really help me all that much.
One pyschologist told me I should go and buy a nice new shirt to make me feel better!
In the end, I came out at work first of all… then spent the next 2 hours answering all the email responses wishing me well, and people telling me of their own issues. It was amazingly positive for me.
I work in forestry – a typically male-dominated environment – and have not had any issues at all. The last few years appears to have seen a seismic shift in how trans* people are viewed.
Campaigns like Give ‘Em Hope really do help, and you should know that there’s a huge community to help you if you need it – speak to someone if you are that confused and worried, You might just find it’s the best thing you ever did smile emoticon