It’s OK to take time to figure out who you are and being trans* or the opposite sex from what you were assigned is most importantly about what you feel comfortable identifying as and how you feel comfortable being; not what someone else thinks you are or what you have been told to be.
Many people don’t feel they fit their gender role and the stereotypes for their gender, but some people also feel the sex or gender of their body doesn’t fit right for them and that they would feel right as the opposite gender. The medical term for this is ‘Gender Dysphoria’; “A persistent unease with having the physical characteristics of one's gender, accompanied by strong identification with the opposite gender and a desire to live as or to become a member of the opposite gender” (The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary; 2007).
Gender identity is how you identify your gender. Many people identify as Trans*; others prefer to identify only as their new gender. Others prefer transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, trans man, trans woman, FTM/F2M, MTF/M2F, sistergirl, tranny, boi, tranny boi, bi-gendered, genderfucked, and many more. It’s up to you and what feels right.
Gender is very complex and lots of people have many different views about gender, gender dysphoria, and transgender-ism. At Freedom Centre we believe that everyone knows what’s right for them, that everyone is different and that we have the right to be respected for who we are. It takes time to know who you are and being Trans* has some huge implications for your everyday life, but being honest with yourself and true to who you are makes any challenges worthwhile. You’ll face some hard decisions and circumstances and need to link in to support networks for your journey.