Monika: Which aspects of your experience can be useful for other transwomen?
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The opposite in fact. I was disowned, ridiculed and hurt by them. I had death threats, job transfers and lawsuits. In a very short time after sharing my decision my life turned upside down! I was shocked and totally surprised at the reaction I received.
But I never really knew personally of anyone else like me. My therapists were not schooled in trans issues nor some of the doctors I first saw. Over time I was able to find doctors and therapists who were. One note also I went to Equality Centers in the area I lived and I was even teased there about being a trans. It did seem like the world was against me back then. Things sure have improved over the years, thankfully!
I would say it is a largely undiscovered area that could help with the understanding of equality between the gender, It’s certainly a battlefield situation that I hope one day soon will be a place of peace and harmony among all humans.
Monika: What is your general view on transgender stories or characters which have been featured in films, newspapers or books so far?
Rachel: I am very pleased by the ones I have seen of late. There are still too many jokes and stereotypes at our expense. But overall I believe things are changing for the good.
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Monika: Do you like fashion? What kind of outfits do you usually wear? Any special fashion designs, colours or trends?