|Sid, Me and Blue.|
I wanted to show the world that the vast majority of us are just ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. The first thing Lin and I did was a 4 minute film for Channel 4’s series called ‘My Millennium’ about people’s wishes for the new century. Channel 4 liked it so much that it was shown at the 1999 Transgender Film Festival in London.
I also spoke with parents, siblings, partners and friends if they wanted me to, to explain gender identity in a non-technical way that they could understand. I wrote a ‘Guide to Gender Incongruence’ especially for non-trans people which I’m intending to make available as a free download on Amazon. I’d trained with the NACHP and became their spokesperson on Gender Identity issues and had a couple of articles published in counselling magazines.
|Through the Corinth Canal.|
It took until September 1998 before I was finally able to admit the truth to myself again. Even then I got no help from my then GP. I went private and within 2 years I had completed transition with surgery in Belgium. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford facial feminization surgery, which would have been nice, but did manage to obtain speech therapy, which helped my voice tremendously.
|On stage at the 1999 Transgender Film Festival.|
|Enjoying an Ice Cream with Linda in Arizona.|
|Husky sledding in Sweden.|
All the photos: courtesy of Emma Martin.