Once I made the decision to transition, and especially once I started HRT (hormone replacement therapy), the dysphoria went away and so too did my need to self-sooth with food and drink. I'm no longer diabetic and my liver has fully recovered. My weight and health problems were a direct manifestation of my dysphoria... and now that the dysphoria is gone, my health problems are gone. My ultimate goal is 175 lbs. As of right now, I have 30 lbs. to go.
|The book available via Amazon.|
The book has helped people, and I didn’t want distasteful, offensive rhetoric to obscure the real message of hope and happiness. The new edition, along with the updates, revisions, short stories and bonus material, is the same narrative – just with less profanity and bitterness.
In 2011, when I finally saw a TV program about it, and I fully understood it, I knew immediately that I would transition eventually. But it wasn’t until Caitlyn Jenner came out and sort of opened the door for us that I finally made the decision to come out and begin my own transition at age 44. Thanks, Caitlyn!
Kristin Beck is a decorated US veteran who has dedicated her life to advocacy issues for both trans people and veterans alike. Both these women are fearless, highly-visible and have committed their lives to public service – and they do it with such grace, style and dignity. Sarah, Kristin, you both rock!
Like many, I suppose, the hardest thing for me was simply not knowing how my friends and family would react to the news. I don’t have too many friends or relatives, so the ones I do have mean the world to me. I was confident that most, if not all, would support and accept me, but I was still afraid.
One great example is our fight for access to public facilities, like restrooms. This is a war that is specific to trans people and must be waged separately and apart from other LGBT battles. So, yes, we can promote much of our cause from within the LGBTQ group, but there are some issues we must tackle independently.
There’s more to being trans than just dealing with the hardships of being trans. I like it when trans characters are woven into non-trans narratives, such as Sophia on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. The writers and producers of this show have done a brilliant job of weaving Sophia’s plight into the larger plot – adding to the storyline rather than actually “being” the story.
|Then and Now.|
But I have also seen many trans women in my own state having huge impacts on public policy and opinion at the state/local level. I write to my state and local legislators whenever some anti-trans bill is threatening to emerge, but those who lobby for us publicly are the real heroines – and they are already making a huge difference in politics.
I wear tunics with leggings most of the time, especially around the house, but I like to wear jeans and a t-shirt too. In my former life, most of my clothes were black – probably because my soul was blackened by gender dysphoria. But now, everything I wear has color. I’m not much into fashion trends, though. I prefer a more conventional, conservative wardrobe.
|Music got her through difficult times, and|
is still a big part of her life..