Some content is particular to transgendered persons, such as breaking the news to friends and coworkers, developing one's sense of self-expression, and so on. Other topics include personal growth that most anyone can relate to.
|Relaxing at home.|
It is not always predictable, and we cannot control the feelings of those around us. I believe, however, that to do the best we can for ourselves and other transgendered people, we must be positive and have a sense of humor.
I am convinced that this approach made things go easier for me than if I had been defensive or angry. My book is meant to extend and share this perspective via the written word.
|Riding the tram back to the hotel after shopping|
during the Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Leipzig, Germany.
I know that very last thing I said might sound a little silly, but people have their insecurities. Fortunately, it seems to be decreasing with respect to transgendered people, as it has with gays and lesbians.
|Posing with an octopus at my employer's
dinner held at the city aquarium.
To illustrate what I'm saying, compare with us the lesbian couple in the French film “Tell No One” (Ne le dis à personne), played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Marina Hands. The fact that they are lesbians has no bearing on the story. They simply exist as normal functioning characters, just as we exist in society. Including LGBT characters adds an additional human touch to a film.
|Listening to Music at Heidnischesdorf,|
Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Leipzig, Germany.
|My Watcher Angel outfit for a Halloween.|
|Still-frame from a video at target|
When I finally stopped suppressing my gender dysphoria and let it out, my life changed for the better in more ways than I could have anticipated. If we are gender dysphoric and we are to follow this path, I really think that the earlier we get on this path, the better things are for everyone.
When I entered into my transition, it was in some ways like a second childhood. I explored fashions, colors, new friendships as a female, and new ways of interacting with others. By getting a late start, I felt a little awkward on occasion, but eventually I found my style and way of expressing myself. In my case, the way I interact with others is essentially the same as early in the process, but the style I express is much different from when I began my transition.