Electrolysis Happy Ending

I went through puberty with testosterone being the dominant hormone that shaped my child’s body changing to an adult’s body.  Coarse facial hair was part of the consequence.

There’s nothing wrong with looking like a guy when someone is a guy, but brain-structure-wise I’m not a guy nor do I want to look like one.  And so, part of coming out as a trans girl involved getting rid of my facial hair.  I made some progress with waxing and lasering, but by far the most effective was electrolysis.

I’ve experienced bee stings, and I figure one hair being zapped with electrolysis has approximately the same pain level as a bee sting; it actually feels very similar in every respect.  When I started electrolysis, I wanted the work to focus on my upper lip, and I counted 800 follicles or so just in that area. I was dismayed at how many follicles there were, and I hated the pain but I decided that if pain was reason to stop then I would simply stop then and there, and never start again. So, I kept going back.

Early on, when a session lasted an hour or more, it wasn’t enough to make one entire hair-removal pass.  There was simply too many facial hair follicles.  Then, by January 2018, there was a milestone … for the first time, in one hour, all of my facial hair follicles (including upper neck area) could be removed in one pass.  This implied that the hair had indeed been thinned out.  Of course, every time it grows back, but with fewer and fewer follicles surviving.

Just over a year later, in April 2019, I booked a half-hour session after having been away from electrolysis for two months.  The electrolysis lady zapped a few hairs on my upper lip, lower lip and chin, and then focused on my jawline.  After about twenty minutes, she stopped and announced there was nothing else to work on, and she’d credit me ten minutes’ worth of treatment on my next visit.  All the hair follicles had been easily removed because there had been so little remaining.

I’m elated. Perseverance won, in the end. Was all the pain worth it?  Yes!

 

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Trying to Understand What Repressed and Suppressed People Need

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I’m a paid part-time writer for a sex positive website in India. Much of the culture there is typically very repressive so my publisher is swimming upstream. She’s also trying to get a foothold in US culture because we’re sort of the cultural leader and also where the money is. She’s diligently working on improving her understanding of the problems we face here in the US, as to sexuality, gender etc.  We ended up in an email exchange as to what repressed or suppressed people need most.

My Opinion

I think most of the focus is on celebrating what might be possible.  For example, before Tumblr became bland, many of the trans girls I mentor(ed) would celebrate posting sexy pictures of lovely trans girls enjoying their sexuality and being not just tolerated but celebrated.

But, there’s also the need to sometimes talk openly to someone who cares, listens and understands.  I like posting sexy pictures of myself and if that inspires anyone, then I’m glad, but I also have found that listening is a way in which I can add a tremendous amount of value that’s doubly appreciates when someone is in pain and pouring their heart out.

Self-Acceptance vs. Self-Punishment

The biggest hurdle for me was self-acceptance of who I am. I was only too keen to accept that there was something wrong with me, that’s why I felt like a girl mentally & emotionally even though based on my plumbing I was supposed to mentally & emotionally be like a male. I tried hard and failed, and I was very hard on myself.

I observe this self-punishment in many of my friends in the BDSM and/or LGBTQ commuities. We accept the cultural negativity of our worst critics, and we blend that with defense mechanisms, so many of us suffer from serious secondary challenges such as chemicals, whether alcohol or otherwise.

Most of our self-explorations are very halting and hesitant. We feel, and are, very vulnerable as we explore who we are, always cringing at the boot of authoritarian criticism that’s ready to descend to crush our hopes and dreams, telling us that society hates us, God hates us, our families hate us. It’s a complex maze for us to work to avoid all this negativity to actually even get a glimpse of who we are.

Many of my friends have tattoos, piercings and wild hair, as if to say to authoritarian critics: “I repudiate your conservatism so if you wanna hate me here, let me pile on some reasons by your superficial standards since based on my deeper values you’re my adversary anyway.”

At its worst, BDSM and/or LGBTQ folks, myself included, face a complex problem in which we crave to be happy and accepted as who we are, but we feel hopeless to get there, so when someone celebrates the happiness that’s supposedly available to us, it has a negative effect because the person feels “but that’s not for me.” It’s like someone depressed hiding in her dark bedroom, and the bright sunshine outside wouldn’t become any more tempting if it were brighter yet.

The key bridge to help people cross is to where they can feel: “wow, I might actually be able to experience that.”

Example

Imagine what it’d be like to be totally unashamed and living one’s life not as an artificial counterpoint to the negativity of conservative repressive culture, but objectively joyous as if that negativity doesn’t even register on one’s personal radar screen except as a mild problem to be avoided, like taking an extra-long stride once to step over some dog poo in the way.

As an example, imagine being a trans girl and telling one’s partner, parents, work environment, friends:

Well, it turns out that the most likely explanation why I’ve always felt like a girl mentally and emotionally is because brain-wise, I basically am. I’ve been miserable all these decades trying to pretend otherwise, and that stops today. I intend to go live the rest of my journey as the woman I am. If that’s a journey on which you’d like to go along, great — I value you in my life, and I appreciate your support.

But, I’m no longer waiting. I’ve already lost far too much time. In the beginning, for me, everything will feel awkward and new. What most girls experience when 13 or so, I’ll be experiencing as an adult. It’ll be very hard for me but I have one life to live, so I’m going for it in full confidence in the rectitude of my right to live as who I am. If being with me is hard because I look like some sort of peculiar male-female blend, then feel free to avoid me, but know that for me it’s much harder yet. For me to know I’m visually peculiar by general standards, and yet choosing to go out as such — that’s me overcoming fear, me being brave. You can support me, oppose me, avoid me, abandon me, whatever you like. That’s your decision.

Mine is to live the truth, and every day I’ll get better to where eventually I won’t feel like an ugly freak but I’ll be proud and happy. I’m giving you the opportunity to see the caterpillar become a butterfly, but I have finite time and energy so I’m not dragging you along, resisting. I understand it’s hard for you but it’s harder for me. i’m not asking your permission, I’m just providing you with information. So decide what you wanna do.

Me, I’m proceeding at full speed. 

Although it wasn’t that simple, and I had many setbacks, that’s pretty much how I approached it.

Confidence

I felt beyond hideous but I powered through, and the courage of knowing I’m doing the right thing … that was immensely empowering.

For example, one day I was walking into the local Walgreens and some asshole teenagers were outside nearby, snickering and making nasty remarks about me. I paused, turned and walked directly toward them and said, essentially: “So, I’m observing your laughing and comments. Perhaps you’d like to elaborate.” I like the scene in Hunt for Red October where the submarine intentionally veers full speed into a dangerous torpedo and destroys it.

Confidence … it makes all the difference.  If that’s what I can help spread, for people who are doing the right thing, then my life is being lived in support of a worthy cause.

2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance in Fallon, NV

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Every year, November 20th is the day when transgender people, and those who support us, come together on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We formally recognize trans people who passed away from unnatural causes (murder or suicide) in the preceding 12 months.

I hosted such an event today, in my apartment, just before dawn. In attendance was one other trans girl, a friend of mine who, just over a year ago, was living alone in the Chicago area, isolated, defensive. hard as nails yet embattled and struggling with depression. Nowadays, 14 months after moving to Nevada, she is out as a trans girl openly, sweet as pie, happy and thriving.  She smiles in a warm way that I didn’t see at all, a year ago.

When we first interacted, she wasn’t suicidal but she didn’t see much point in going on, so I bought her a plane ticket and I convinced her to fly out to Nevada in case a different perspective might help. Indeed, it did. She loved it, and moved out here, and is living here happily ever after.

Part of today’s event I conducted solo, silently reviewing a list of the names, and the pictures of the faces of those deceased recently. My friend would not, I’m sure, have been ready for that as yet … her own memories from living near the knife-edge are still too raw. So, she and I had a ceremony focused on the positive.

I lit a candle, and we sat at my kitchen table talking about culture, and how the oldest generation seems to be the most hostile to trans culture whereas the youngest adults to a huge extent are understanding and supportive. Then again, I see hope everywhere. For example, last week I had a nice in-person conversation with someone who’d joined the Navy in 1943. That means he’s in his early 90s by now.  I enjoyed his company and I am interested in his stories, so we exchanged email addresses. I wrote him a nice note and I also mentioned I’m a trans girl, in case that matters. I also defined the term clearly.  His reply to all that was positive and he wrote that he’d like to take me to lunch sometime.  Another one of my local friends hereabouts is in his 80s, and we get along fine a well.

Many older-generation people accept me as a trans girl, and others seem confused about the subject but they nevertheless accept me as their friend.  They seem to have the mindset that regardless of whether I’m a boy or a girl or whatever, it doesn’t matter because I’m a good person. To them, that’s what matters. Essentially, they’re living by the principle MLK championed, whereby people are judged by the quality of their character. I love that.

This morning, my trans girl friend and I also discussed culture as influenced by geography, and how the Internet is enabling trans people to feel ever more connected and accepted, regardless of where we live — though everyday interpersonal local dynamics still mean a lot, and living where I do is very, very nice.

For example, I am 100% out. I don’t even own guy clothes any more. I’m a girl so I dress as the girl I am, openly and happily, and people in general tend to be very nice to me.  Most days I feel like the girl in a classic perfume ad, portrayed as the center of positive attention, the one who elicits smiles from bystanders as she walks past.  For me, having a bad day here is highly unlikely.  Being in danger seems less likely yet.

Some of my friends currently choose to be sex workers. A large subset of that profession is illegal even though by free-market standards (which means, by my standards) it shouldn’t be. But, as things are, they have a dynamic with law enforcement that is so adversarial that they believe it incorrigibly and inevitably so.

By contrast, living where I do, my personal experience involves a police force that actively protects me from violence.  My shop happens to be in the worst part of town and I work odd hours, yet I never feel unsafe. The worst thing that’s happened to my property is when a drunk guy took a short-cut through my yard a couple of years ago, and he walked on, and dented, the hood of one of my 6-series BMWs.

Many a time when a hood or door was open on one of my cars late at night, a local police officer stopped by and then recognized me and said, essentially: “Oh, it’s you. I just wanted to make sure nobody is messing with your stuff.”

I’ve sometimes wandered off and left my car door or trunk open for hours on end, and then there’s a polite knock on the door and a local police officer just wanted to make sure I’m okay.  I generally feel like I’m the officers’ little sister, and I feel extremely well-protected. I love that.

I have a concealed carry permit, I am formally trained in combat handgun dynamics, and I own equipment consistent with that. Even though it’s always prudent to be vigilant, I love feel safe where I live, handgun or no handgun. The only time I’ve come close to removing my handgun from its holster in everyday life was when I was in a big city some distance away, and it was to protect another trans girl when someone admittedly high on crack was being hostile to her and then came toward her with possibly violent intent.

I enjoy being out and about as who I am, not just as a girl, but as a trans girl. I’m 6″ tall, I have muscular arms and a jawline like Rambo, so it’s pretty darn apparent to most people that even though my attitude is feminine, there’s more to the story. Not that a genetically integrated girl a.k.a. cisgirl can’t have my looks, but someone looking like me is more likely a trans girl than not. I’m fine with that. I am who I am.

Besides, the muscles I formed on testosterone can be practical. For example, two weeks ago, I needed to lift a BMW automatic transmission out of the trunk of a car and onto a floor dolly, and it wasn’t viable to use a hoist, so I just lifted the thing up by myself.  Another example: last night I was at a grocery store when I saw a not-so tall couple eyeing a high shelf that contained a heavy product they couldn’t reach nor safely get down even if they could — but I could and did, and so two minutes later, they had four heavy bottles of drinking water in their shopping cart — and they were happy and appreciative.

This summer, there was a city council meeting about allowing pot to be sold inside city limits for recreational purposes. I don’t use pot but by free-market standards (which means, by my standards) it shouldn’t be criminalized, so I spoke up at the city council meeting as such. My voice doesn’t sound like silver bells. Clearly, when I speak, it’s apparent I’m a trans girl, and that’s OK. I nevertheless had something to say, so I spoke.

This fall I went to a public debate on keeping brothel sex work legal in Lyon county.  I went there openly, proudly, safely and happily, with my red umbrella (the international symbol for the protection of sex workers).

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I don’t hide that I’m a trans girl but do I like to go out looking as good as I reasonably can. I wear make-up that takes me about a minute to put on in the morning, and then I’m good to go. My boobs have recently grown quite large so most days I’m out wearing some or other elegant skirt, sexy shoes and a pink top with thin fabric and no bra underneath. I dress and walk like I’m proud of who I am — because indeed I am.

Meanwhile, I’m keenly aware of the problems elsewhere. A former girlfriend was from Brazil and she has trans girl friends over there, so she spoke to me with insight and concern over the situation there, plus it’s gotten much worse there recently.

My article today, then, is written with grave appreciation that my life as a trans girl is on a happy island in the middle of a large dangerous ocean where other trans girls are in danger. I write this as intended inspiration that a life of peace, safety, prosperity, harmony and happiness is possible for trans girls.  Eventually, I hope my situation will extend to everywhere on the planet — but until then, I am conveying that it’s certainly the case where I live. I hope that my situation serves as inspiration for others.

I smile as I recall my trans girl friend’s smile illuminated in the candlelight, a couple of hours ago, as she essentially said: “This place really is where the American dream exists: where people are free to live their own lives as they choose, and if someone else is different, that’s just fine too.  By contrast, in some parts of the country, if you’re straight, white, Christian, married to the same person you’ve always been married to, with at least one child, and you’ve recently come from the Klan meeting then you belong — but otherwise we don’t want you here.”

She’s happy to live here in Nevada, and so am I.

My XY Chromosome

Someone interacting with me is acknowledging that I call myself a girl with “outie” plumbing but her point is that no matter what I say, my DNA says I’m male.

How I responded to her might be useful to some trans girls so I cleaned up my email and made this article. I’m not claiming to be the expert, just explaining how I understand things.

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I AM a girl with “outie” plumbing. It’s not just semantics. To elaborate:

My brain is what’s most fundamental as to who and what I am. For example it’s the main organ with which you’ve been interacting all this time. Focusing on you as an example: you have an amazing physique and you’re very pretty but it’s still your brain that makes you who you are. 

My brain structure is female based on the available body of evidence, the counselor input and the tests I’ve had done.  So we won’t really know 100% until I’m dead and someone does an autopsy but the best available conclusion is that I’m a genetic mutation born as a mix of parts: male sex organs and female brain.

As I understand things, the only two groups of organs that have sexed development in the fetus are the sex organs and the brain.  Everything else like liver, pinkie, nose etc. is gender neutral at birth. 

But then during puberty the sex organs typically make either testosterone or estrogen and that shapes the body from there on. By that time and beyond, my DNA was and is XY but the role of the sex chromosome in DNA is like the launching pad for a rocket.

Its job was to make the sex organs and the brain develop in the fetus as male. In my case, half of that worked and half didn’t so I was born a strange mixture. My DNA tried to make me male and it succeeded only in the less-fundamental aspect: my sex organ. It failed to make my brain structure develop as male. 

So my DNA it had its chance to make a difference as to my brain and now it’s too late to have any further effect because I’ve already developed my brain as structurally female, and I can’t undevelop or redevelop that. 

I have 23 chromosomes.  The sex chromosome (which is type “XY” for me) will never play a role again unless I were to impregnate someone. In all other cases, it’s in retirement doing nothing at all. It’s the other 22 chromosomes that are guiding my cellular development every day, as influenced by the prevailing hormones in effect.

To phrase it differently, if I have my DNA sequenced then it’ll always show as “XY” under the microscope but that’s not something anyone can see in daily life. unless looking through a microscope — and then even so, all they can see is something that’s the launching pad for influencing (or not) sex organs and brain structure in fetal development. Without detouring the development of these two organs into a male structure, they develop naturally as female in the fetus.

What you CAN see looking at me is the unpleasant-for-me shaping effects of what testosterone did during puberty for me, and the pleasant-for-me shaping effects of what estrogen is currently doing for me.

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Now that I have pondered this all, as to the phrase “my DNA says I’m male” … actually, my DNA says I’m a trans girl. It’s my DNA that caused the fetus (that would later become me) to develop male sex organs and a female brain structure. So in the same way as it’s an oversimplification to consider every body part of a person to have a consistent sex, it’s an oversimplification to consider DNA to be just male or just female.

One Gentleman’s Type of Christianity vs. the Concept of Trans Girls

On social media I was exchanging pleasant posts with someone who made it clear he’s a Christian. He seemed to get some value out of the conversation with me, and he mentioned that that was by far the longest conversation he’d ever had with a trans girl.

On the subject of me being trans, he said he respects me and my right to define how I feel. He also said that as a Christian, he disagrees with me.

I chose to respond.

This article is made up of my stream of posts on this subject (with some typos cleaned up, and with some terse & obscure wording cleaned up and abbreviations expanded) … indeed a monologue.  The gentleman hasn’t responded.

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As to “As a Christian I disagree with you” … the premise that I assume you disagree with is me saying I’m a trans girl. I’d like to gently separate those two issues

[1. As a Christian

2. I disagree with you]

… and address each one, to your intended benefit. If you learn something useful from it, great. That’s the ideal.

Re you as a Christian [emphasis on “Christian”] disagreeing with me saying “I’m a trans girl “… I can think of two ways of interpreting it:

  • a). “I’m a trans girl” is a valid claim someone can make but I, Tanya, personally cannot validly make that claim
  • b). “I’m a trans girl” is never a valid claim for anyone to make

As to option a), I assume we can dispense with that out of hand [since you hardly know me and have no basis for an informed opinion] and focus on option b) so I’d like to analyze it.

The cleanest definition I know as to a trans girl is that it’s someone born with predominantly “outie” plumbing “down there” to where she’s legally classified male at birth but her brain structure is predominantly female. [I’m choosing this definition over the oversimplified XY vs. XX chromosome premise since a trans girl friend of mine has Klinefelter syndrome and thus XXY chromosome. I use “predominantly” as to plumbing since some trans girls are born intersexed. I use “predominantly” as to brain structure since there is a small group of people whose brains are neither typically male nor typically cisfemale nor typically trans female.]

So Christianity weighing in on the subject would require medical insight in the context of a biological mutation. I used to do a lot of Bible-reading and went to a Christian church, and whatever my conclusions, they’re not that Christianity can claim insights into medical science.

Trans girls, as a subject, are not discussed in the Christian Bible at all. Neither the Old or New Testament mentions trans girls nor am I aware of the non-Biblical accounts noting Jesus’s opinion on trans girls.

Many things (handguns, canned food, continental drift) exist without being mentioned in the Bible or the teachings of Jesus. So the lack of mention doesn’t imply non-existence. So lack of mention of trans girls doesn’t imply non-existence of trans girls.

An essential part of what makes a trans girl a trans girl (or a gay person, gay) is brain wiring. If something is based on brain wiring, then the doctrine of any particular church can arbitrarily deny it and claim it’s nonexistent but that doesn’t make it so.

It’s sound logic that anyone claiming something to exist has the burden of proof , but (I mean this as nicely as possible) when it comes to discharging proper responsibility as to the burden of proof, as to the key premise of the Church, it falls fundamentally short. Faith rules.

As to the two things that make a trans girl a trans girl, one is being born with “outie-shaped” plumbing.

I can write my name just fine in the snow, and I have been able to do so ever since I can remember, so I assume that this half of the definition isn’t the problematic part.

The “female brain” wiring is presumably the issue. As such I find it useful to refer to studies that have found female and male brains to be structurally dissimilar, explaining why a guy cannot think like a girl or vice versa. Genders show a physical, brain-structure difference.

Not to oversimply a complex issue but nevertheless that’s why regardless of cultural issues, typically females strongly tend to have certain traits like empathy and being verbose and typically males strongly tend to be the opposite.

Some Dutch scientists were curious as to trans girls and, once the time came, performed autopsies & saw these trans girls had a brain structure that was a good match with non-trans females — and very different than a male brain structure. Hence the feminine behavior.

It’s hard to do this issue justice in a series of posts. I’m not enthused to start debating anyone on this point, I’m just giving information in case it’s useful to someone sincerely trying to learn more. On that premise my article titled “One Drop of Blood” might also be useful.

To put things in context more, here’s another article titled “Supercharged Femininity in Trans Girls” that might be useful.

One point I’d like to emphasize is that at some point the Christian Church saw a heliocentric solar system as incompatible with its doctrine, yet nowadays it’s a non-issue. Similarly currently many Christian churches consider trans girls as incompatible with their doctrine.

However, some Christians and several Christian churches have no issues with the basic concept of someone being a trans girl. Somehow I suspect that as general culture becomes more accepting then so will more & more Christian churches.

Meanwhile life has to go on for trans girls.

Too Late?

I have some great guy friends who, I have no reason to doubt, are guys. I also have a sensitive, kind, thoughtful friend who presents as a guy but … might be a trans girl.  That’s for my friend to figure out; I am just making some benevolent observations.

I visited my friend today.  My friend is perhaps 75 years of age, and on the walls are mini-posters with various witticisms, including one that’s maybe not funny at all: “This is not the life I ordered.”

My friend was encouraging and positive toward me while, over the years, seeing me transition from presenting as a guy to living openly as the girl I fundamentally am.  Recently, my friend opened up conversationally about childhood, specifically about being ten years old or so, and socially preferring to avoid boys of that age, and playing with girls instead, and playing with dolls.  My friend’s brother confronted the doll-playing with angry ridicule and scorn, and a lecture to the effect of “No! You’re a boy!  Boys don’t play with dolls. Go play baseball!”

The story matched something in my own past.  At a young age, I, too, enjoyed playing with dolls, and my mother recently told me that when my father found me doing so, my father furiously grabbed the doll out of my hands and scolded me.

My friend sounded sad, telling me the story, and on two occasions during my visit, made reference to it now being too late to start something new that, given enough time, would grow into something enjoyable.

Preferring to play with girls, and with dolls, and voicing fundamental regret about life, and being gentle and kind … that doesn’t mean someone is a trans girl.  But those items do make for, at least, a tiny pile of circumstantial evidence in favor of that hypothesis.

What if the hypothesis were true? What if my friend really is a not-yet-out trans girl and wants to come out? The first few years of transitioning are the hardest, so it would perhaps mean my friend will be 80 years old before things start to integrate fairly well.

If I didn’t realize I’m trans until age 75, would I then still then have come out? Probably so, yes.  But I’d certainly lament all the decades in which I lived a life that was fundamentally sub-optimal, for me.

 

Status: First Day of Fall, 2018

Pink_DressI’m a trans girl. Initially, I didn’t like how my brain was female and my body was male. At the time, I disliked how I think. I wished I could think like the boys around whom I was growing up because I was born with “outie” plumbing so everyone took it for granted I’m a boy and so did I. I tried hard fit in, to think and react like a boy but I just couldn’t. As part of trying, I did macho things, some of them harmful to me, like smoking cigarettes. I tried hard to be more macho than anyone else so I smoked 3 packs a day when I was 14 (for one day).

As an adult, I started realizing there’s value in being emotionally sensitive and communicating like a girl does. Also sex and relationships with girls were great because we would have an amazing mental connection. So things changed to where I liked how I think. But I felt freakish thinking like a girl and looking like a guy. I wish I didn’t look like a guy. I felt conflicted and wondered why I was such a crazy individual that I’d have girlish thought patterns so strong that femininity was fundamentally dominant.

One day I saw a counselor versed in trans girl issues, and she explained that being trans is a known and fairly common (though culturally suppressed) biological mutation, so a simpler and more likely explanation for me thinking as a girl isn’t that I was crazy but simply that I’m trans. I though the news too good to be true, so I insisted on tests and I took the Stanford Bern test and then was satisfied that, wow, I’m indeed a trans girl.

Then began the journey to unlearn everything macho. From trying to be as guy-ish as I could, I had to learn to walk, dance, talk, move and dress like a girl. It was hard but I rejoiced in my femininity. I wore 6″ stilettos until I could walk a mile in them easily. I wore stripper dresses out in public even before my boobs grew. I was screamed at while I walking down the street. I heard death threats. When people ridiculed me I’d turn and walk to confront them in conversation. I wasn’t phased when people disapproved or were mean to me. I didn’t need their permission to live openly as myself. I was finally fundamentally happy. I would wear a sexy blonde wig because my hair was still too short for my liking. One day, however, all the adversity got to me and I bought a mousy-colored wig, and when my girlfriend at the time heard of it, she gave me a speech to the effect that she understands I’d like to become invisible and hide, but I can never hide because I’m a 6″ tall, muscular trans girl and for me, blending into the background isn’t an option and will never be. She was right. So from then on, I lived my life all-out.

I started taking hormones. I SO wanted to look more like a girl. I would look at pictures of cellulite on a girl’s thighs, and I’d fantasize about that, wishing I looked like that. I didn’t like my plumbing. I paid a deposit and made an appointment to go to Thailand and have Dr. Suporn change me “down below” to look and function more like a typical girl. I felt I needed to do so, to be fully a girl.

I then realized I’m a girl based on what’s most fundamental to me: my brain. I think like a girl, so regardless of my plumbing, I am a girl. So I canceled the Thailand trip and got my deposit back. I still didn’t love my private parts in front, but they ceased bothering me. And they’re useful for writing my name in the snow.

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Today is September 22nd, 2018. I looked in the mirror and saw a happy, tall, blonde with long hair and nice-enough natural boobs, and hard nips. I have a layer of fat below the skin and the backs of my thighs are just barely not perfectly smooth in a way I love. I still don’t have cellulite but almost. I haven’t shaved my face or body in months but except for a few fine, stray hairs around my nips, I’m smooth all over. My legal paperwork has my new name and my gender marker is F on my driver’s license and passport.

My mother used to be mean to me about being trans and now she’s cheering me on. Wherever I go, almost everyone calls me “Miss” or “Ma’am.” Some guys still get confused, but they’re nice and it’s OK. What they think of me doesn’t affect who and what I am. Almost everyone is always nice to me. When I go out, I just wear eyebrow pencil as makeup and I still often get complimented. I love my life.