I am a trans woman and I have to do this now.I couldn't continue living this lie as a man any longer. Over the coming months, I came out to my partner Liam, my family, and friends, all of whom were initially shocked, but supported me in my decision to transition to female.I can honestly say, hand on heart, that transitioning is one of the most difficult things I have ever done—emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially.Private healthcare for trans people is pricey.
The pressure to choose a name, legally change everything about yourself, and find the courage to present yourself in a whole new way to the world, was terrifying.Luckily for me, my close inner circle helped me so much along the way.
I think I would have struggled to do it without them.So much more goes into transition than you could realize, and it took me by surprise how I had to change everything in order to become who I was born to be.Early on in my transition, I found public bathrooms a nightmare.
For my sanity and to help the people around me with my transition, I didn't present myself differently straight away.Over a period of six months, I gradually started showing more femininity, experimenting with clothing, hair, and makeup.