Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Freegard Published Psychology Being a man or woman is at the core of human social lives and personal identity, and guides appropriate behaviours such as dress, mannerisms and relationships. Transvestism, or the practice of wearing the clothes of the other gender, challenges societal values and guidelines for behaviour. The attitude of society to this practice has varied from veneration to vilification depending on the period of history and the culture of the people.
Living as a Transgender Woman: Surgeries, Stigma, and Struggle
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The author shares her journey through emotional and physical pain as she transitioned, ultimately forging a path in medicine and advocacy. I am a year-old woman who has struggled with gender identity my whole life. Despite being labeled as a male, I never truly felt right in that role. I was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder at age 7. Back then, I was still known as Daniel, the lone male in a set of triplets. Despite looking okay on the outside, I struggled throughout my early schooling years, hiding my true identity inside.
In the wake of Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transsexual, there's been vigorous dialogue around what it's like to struggle through being born into a certain physical gender when your brain is of another. Unfortunately, a lot of this dialogue has been mocking. Singer Chris Brown, that well-known bastion of morality and women's rights, tweeted to call Jenner a "science experiment". Meanwhile, actor Drake Bell tweeted "Sorry — still calling you Bruce" to his 3. It's still not an easy world to be trans in.
H aving made my decision to transition, the first place I went was the Clare Project. The convenor handed me pages on the NHS pathway , the numerous oestrogens available, hair removal and surgery , and told me that the first step was to ask my GP for a psychiatric referral. My doctor warned of a three- to four-month waiting list. Fine, I thought, I'll have time to manage things with friends and family. Days later, the letter arrived: my assessment would be in two weeks.