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ForgetfulFerret

566d

Hi, I don’t really talk about stuff but someone who cares about me pointed me here. I’m new (made my account today). Pretty much I’ve been dealing with the want/desire to be the opposite gender of what I am since around puberty. I was raised religious and wasn’t really exposed to or educated on this type of stuff. I chalked it up to being a hormonal teen…well, I’m very much past puberty and these thoughts/feelings keep coming back. I used to sneak cross dressing in private…it was always exciting. I’m questioning if I might be trans(mtf) but don’t really know a whole lot…any suggestions?

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    • KitKat1450

      556d

      @ForgetfulFerret thank you for sharing all of this with us and praying you find peace and clarity in your journey🙏🏻💕

    • ForgetfulFerret

      559d

      Thank you all for responding! I didn’t know so many people were going through or have gone through similar stuff. I guess we really do put ourselves on an island mentally but we’re all more similar than we realize. I wouldn’t say I’m in danger or in an unsafe environment. I live on my own and have been married for six years. My wife is bi and is very supportive as I start learning about myself. My work is also very supportive of lgbtq. I think its a good thing that I’ve come to a point in my life where I feel comfortable/safe to finally try to figure myself out. My family is just close and we all talk and for the most part are on good terms. I’m just scared of losing that family community. I guess we were raised with family loyalty beliefs.

      • KitKat1450

        556d

        @ForgetfulFerret thank you for sharing all of this with us and praying you find peace and clarity in your journey🙏🏻💕

    • jam064

      561d

      No matter what you decide to do, make sure your safety is your number one priority. If you decide on therapy, do research on therapists to find one who is LGBTQ friendly/supportive. There are organizations that you can reach out to for help, such as a nearby chapter of PFLAG or GLSEN.

    • KitKat1450

      561d

      That sounds like a lot to try and process through and such a tough situation. I cannot personally give you any advice on transitioning but I offer support. I would say if you haven’t felt safe to process your feelings and emotions and figure out your true self, start there. There’s no rush and although transitioning may help you feel better about yourself, it won’t “fix” your internal world if you haven’t dealt and learned how to manage that yet. Growing up I thought I should have been a boy. I’ve come to realize now that I desperately needed protection and security and didn’t get that from my dad. So I thought if I could be more masculine I’d be protected and he’d love me and want to connect (family of girls and he always wanted a boy so I figured I be the boy). I was also in martial arts and military where feminine qualities put me more at risk so I tried to be even more masculine to protect myself. I’ve always been attracted to men and have had a lot of people comment asking or thinking I am a lesbian. That’s not something that’s ever fit for me though. And I don’t fit into the typical alpha female role in a relationship either. I’ve come to terms that there are certain things I like and don’t and am attracted to and overall I value security and protection and leadership and that’s ok and that’s what I look for. When I’m around a man like that, where I feel emotionally and physically safe, it makes me feel safe to express my femininity. That’s something I’ve really had to work on to lean into is that my physical appearance doesn’t always have to be my protector and I don’t always need a man to protect me. I’m sharing this all to say that I can relate and have found more peace in confidence in processing so much that I shoved down when I was younger. Everyone’s story is different and I pray you find clarity and peace with whatever you decide to do🙏🏻💕 Side note- may be relatable maybe not so take what you will from it… As an analogy something that I can strongly relate to from having an eating disorder is that whether I was big or small didn’t change how I truly felt about myself. Being a certain size or looking a certain way changed my perception of myself and gave me a sense of control and false sense of self-confidence until I really started processing what I was doing that for and what wants and needs I was trying to get met by doing so. The internal battle didn’t change until I came to the point where now I’m able to love myself no matter what size I am and don’t rely on behaviors. But some people will notice some eating habit and be like well that’s disordered and now I can confidently say and know that this works better for me and helps me be healthy, you’re only seeing a tiny clip and at this point in my life I know who I truly am and am committed to owning it.

      • ForgetfulFerret

        559d

        @KitKat1450 thank you for sharing. It was helpful and gave me some things to think about and questions to ask myself. I very much appreciate you focusing on the self learning part of the equation. I really have come to realize I know little about myself in general and when people ask me who I am I usually list off accomplishments instead of “this is me!” My internal monologue is not very kind so I suppose I do have a lot of “self care/learning” to go through. Ultimately thank you for sharing I really do appreciate the responses and it is helpful for me as I work through this. You mentioned military service. I have lots of family that served in the military, so thank you so much for your service!

    • TransBeauty1400

      563d

      Thanks for letting me know. I'm trans too. I found a lot of peace with myself when I came out as trans and I finally feel comfortable in my skin. It is a journey of self discovery.

    • Schiele

      563d

      It’s been hard to grow up in a family that doesn’t understand or care about your struggle, but I’ve learned that a real family member accepts and loves you for who you are and not who they want you to be. My family was…slow to accept me as non-binary, and I’m pretty sure that if it didn’t affect my mental health so poorly and if I didn’t immediately thrust myself into the LGBTQ+ community they’d be much slower, but ultimately it’s your life to live and the longer you let others hold you back from loving yourself, the longer you’ll feel hollow. My advice for figuring yourself out is to listen to other peoples’ stories and try things on for size in safe spaces. I was raised pretty accepting, but under the belief that there were two genders. In high school I finally had someone challenge that belief and I sat back and reflected on myself. Then I got into cosplay later that year and man, I never feel more alive than looking at my silhouette in a chest binder. I started wearing clothes that fit the gender and ideal I wanted rather than what I thought society wanted me to wear and felt even better. I then had select people and circles use they/them which felt amazing compared to she/her. Right now I’m distancing myself from my birth name, using my preferred name with close friends who I know won’t leak in front of family, and transitioning into a more gender neutral nickname in the school setting and it feels great. I’m still a long way from where I want to be, but taking these slow steps has felt incredible. Ever since I was a child, I always envisioned myself as masculine, and I still wish I was born in a masc body, but somewhere along the line I got endeared to femininity and don’t want to fully give up the “female” experience. Throughout my life, whenever I imagined the future I was always this weird nameless blob succeeding at whatever goal I had at the time, but around high school when I was introduced to the concept of transgender and even more with the concept of a non-binary gender the blob started to take shape into a version of me that I recognized. I imagine taking all these steps before I actually take them, and it helps me gain the courage to actually take them. I suggest trying some things on for size—internally, mentally, physically, with friends, alone, etc.— and see how you feel. Trying things out and exploring is the best way to discover yourself

    • Pikachu_girl

      565d

      Honestly I would look up other people's stories on YouTube and see if you can relate. That's what I did. I'm not going to suggest your trans or anything Because I don't know you. I recommend reaching out to a therapist and talking with them about how you feel. They can help you sort your thoughts and get to the bottom of who you are. The metion of being excited at dressing as the opposite sex sound like gender euphoria. It's the happy feeling you get from seeing yourself as your prefered gender... I'm a transfemme so get euphoria from being treated as a woman... I have struggled with myself for years. I'm 29 and I'm finally transitioning now. Don't be afraid to take your time and be sure of what you're doing. If therapy isn't an option try reaching out to other trans folks and talk with them. Someone that lives close to you can help Maybe.

      • ForgetfulFerret

        565d

        @Pikachu_girl thanks for taking the time to read my message and type out a response. No need to apologize. I’m just very much confused is all. Therapy might be an option but I’ve put it off due to being scared of the answer? Growing up I was taught that “you are what you were born as and changing that or medically altering your appearance is bad/wrong” and it’s made me scared of myself/feelings all these years. I’m also autistic so experiencing/processing/identifying emotions is difficult. I have a cousin who is transitioning(FTM) and I’ve seen how the family treats him. Calling by birth name, purposely misgendering, avoiding…all that stuff. It has me scared I’ll get kicked out of the family.

        • Pikachu_girl

          563d

          @ForgetfulFerret true, but if you are trans then you can't keep living a lie. The dysphoria eats at you. It tells you your going to be ugly, it tells you no one will want you it even tries to fight the changes when they start making you feel better. It makes you scared of answers. That was me for the longest time. I knew something was wrong but I was too scared of finding out. No one wants to be trans, no one asked for this to happen. In fact my life would be easier if I wasn't trans. That said I wouldn't change anything. Finding my true self was worth losing the ones that didn't support me. My family fully supported me on this. I'm worried you might not be that lucky. If that's the case any therapist should be able to help you there to. If you do get kicked out or anything there's LGBTQ resources that can help you.

      • Pikachu_girl

        565d

        @Pikachu_girl Also I'm dyslexic and I suck at typing and reading my own typing so if anything don't make sense I'm sory

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