Unhappiness with ones biological sex and a desire for the body and role of the opposite sex
For most of us in this room, our birth sex is accepted within reason because how we feel does indeed match our birth gender
Imagine being born and growing up with the same exact personality you have now, but being born as the opposite sex
For people with Gender Dysphoria, sometimes the only way to ease anxiety is to get a Surgical Reassignment Surgery (SRS)
Process includes: Doctor visits Therapy Hormone Replacement Therapy Name changes And in MtF cases; Hair removal
The standards for transition in the United states follows: The Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association's Standards Of Care For Gender Identity Disorders
Looks at damaging effects And Whether or not you’re truly right for transition
Then comes the hardest part.. Finding a doctor to perform your surgery. Many choose to leave the country to do so.
Why would someone decide to take such drastic measures just to feel comfortable in their own skin?
Why would someone change their entire life for the ability to be who they truly are?
These are the questions Michael • faces everyday
He never really fit in with the other guys, he always wanted to do arts and crafts, while listening to the latest gossip
He was ridiculed by other boys his age for his mannerisms when he tried to make friends of his same gender
“I remember intensely desiring to be a girl and praying to God that he would please, please make me into a girl.”
Being so different from the “norm” caused him to blend into the gothic crowd rather nicely at his high school
“The music helped me through a lot, but at this point all I wanted to do was die.”
“I wanted to die and if I couldn't be a girl I was quite content with simply not existing at all.”
After trying to drown the anxieties, pain, confusion and discomfort in drugs and self abuse Michael failed to find relief
He started his research, Started ‘cross-dressing’ again and has finally decided to become the women he’s always been inside
When you’re born in a body that’s not your own, you can’t be expected to live a normal life
In the end, if it was you… You’d do it too.