Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Heli Hämäläinen, a married woman from Helsinki, Finland, Senior Customs Officer in Finnish Customs, and a father. Hello Heli!
My wife gave me advice to seek professional help and I did. A referral was written to official transsexuality investigations in November 2004 and I met the psychiatrist in February 2005. I was diagnosed transsexual in April 2006 and I changed my forenames in June 2006.
|Helsinki Pride 2008.|
|Church Council candidate in 2010.|
In its report issued in connection with amending the Finnish Equality Act in 2005, the Employment and Equality Committee of the Finnish Parliament stated that according to a decision of the European Court of Justice, discrimination on the basis of sex or gender covers discrimination on the basis of gender reassignment as well as discrimination on the basis of a person being male or female.
Other ways of protecting gender minorities from discrimination were left open. The Employment and Equality Committee of the Finnish Parliament nevertheless stated that reinforcing the protection of gender minorities from discrimination and determining whether the issue should be covered by the Finnish Equality Act or the Finnish Non-Discrimination Act are amongst future priorities.
|The day she was diagnosed.|
So I decided to take part in all fathers’ day events in day care. We have fathers’ day in Finland the second Sunday of November. That is important for my daughter that we have fathers’ day lunch and she can bake me a cake. At school she prepares fathers’ day gifts and she was bullied that she does not have a father. I told her and the boy who bullied her that she definitely has a father who is alive and kicking!
|Heli's family seen by her daughter,|
You may have to give up the official part of the transition, the gender recognition but you may win back your life. And remember that each transition is unique as each individual is unique. And God loves all of us. Even those who do not know him. Because God is love.