All the memoirs I've read start with the trans* person in the present after they've transitioned. I didn't want to do that. I wanted to share my experience of thinking I might transition but not being sure about it. I really wanted to share with my readers how I came to the conclusion that I needed to transition.
I also wanted to share how what I was going through as a closeted trans* person was similar and how it was different from other closeted people's experiences.
I've come to the conclusion that being a trans* woman isn't about being a man who wants to become a woman, but about having always been a girl and wanting the same things other women want.
People still don't think I'm a “real” woman. And then when it comes to trying to date anyone... there's still a lot of social pressure, and hold ups people deal with about dating a trans* woman.
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Having been someone who all her life every instinct she had was always wrong to suddenly have all my instincts and feelings come across as normal was something really incredible.
The problems I had during transition, I think were all separate from transition, other people's prejudices, and the result of mistakes I made because I tried to be a guy for so long.
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Monika: Could transgenderism be the new frontier for human rights?
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On the other hand, I think LGB people have the potential to be our greatest allies and I think it is really important that trans* people continue to engage with that movement.
Monika: Do you like fashion? What kind of outfits do you usually wear? Any special fashion designs, colours or trends?
Monika: You are also a blogger…