Sam writes of the process of discovering, learning of and about transgender identity, and the surprise of it, and more.
I’m glad that there are transgender people who knew who they were from the time they were very young. I’m just… not one of them.
As a kid, I honestly didn’t give much thought to gender. I did find myself confused from time to time as to why gender roles existed — in my mind, I didn’t perceive myself as being any different from my older brother, so there were moments when imposed expectations felt grating.
But gender wasn’t something I gave a lot of thought to. It didn’t feel especially present in my early life.
As someone who struggles with mental illness, my teen years were largely defined by my difficulties with complex trauma and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I didn’t have the luxury of contemplating who I really was. Gender seemed to be an avenue to desirability and outside approval. It was a role that I was cast for…
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