Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm Trans - So What?

Written by Michelle Nastasis

So I’m trans, so what?

I have often been asked what being trans means to me? Is it some sexual deviance, am I gay, do I still have male bits etc. I appreciate the genuine curiosity of people, but how about asking me about my life and aspirations?

How about asking me about the emotional and psychological considerations which drive me to present as the person I truly am? How about asking me about the many sacrifices my journey has entailed? How about asking me about my many interests, pastimes and hopes for the future? In my view we should expect to be treated with no less courtesy than any other woman, or human being come to that.

For me, being trans is part of a celebration of human diversity and of our 'absolute' right to present ourselves, and live, as the people we are.

There have been so many wonderful moments, and some challenging ones, such is life for all regardless. I love the freedom of total expression, and the feeling of completeness it brings. I don't have to act like a man, or do man things. I can be colorful, soft and gentle, wear my lovely clothes, shop, and interact with others, as who I really am.

It is also the fulfillment of a lifetime's journey, and an affirmation as to the gender in which we strive to live. The process of change, electrolysis, hormones and for some, the many other physical changes, including FFS which sets us free.

All of these things, fuelling the intoxicating essence, which drives the expression of femininity within us.

The future is ours to live, as the soulful and beautiful people we really are..

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