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July 20, -- In the yeartwo women living together as a couple may not be typical, but it is not unheard of. Both lifelong residents of northern Ohio, Chloe and Rene Prince met in March as neighbors and fell in love. Within three months they were married.
I told her about my gender dysphoria when I had never breathed a word to anyone.
How stupid I was and how insightful Cherie was. As in my case, I wanted to get the surgery done, but any major surgery gives pause. I started taking a cocktail of drugs in December that began to transition my body from male to female. It is a horrible situation, and I have been extremely lucky to have the support of so many people around me, including all of my family. There is also a wonderful doctor in Montreal, and several here in California. That is something I never expected and the emotions are impossible to describe.
What this does is wire the brain so that it does not necessarily match the gender of the physical body. Why should anyone be considered less than human due to the way their brains are wired in the womb?
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In other words my brain has always been wired female even though I had a male body. Mine finally took place on May After awakening to the beautiful sight of my partner Cherie, and knowing I had survived to truly start my new life, is beyond anything you can imagine. Since that time we have done many great public events and no one has appeared to have any problems or run away because of who I am.
I know this fact first hand since I made the attempt myself several years ago. Surprisingly there are still a great many who do stay together. It was a great way to avoid what was going on internally, but then ironically it was also a stumbling block when I finally decided to fully transition.
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Cherie is a wonderful person, and was literally the very first person I ever talked to about all this, and that happened amazingly on the very first day we met. For those, like myself, that feel they must complete surgery, there are many excellent doctors. My transition has been a wonderful experience that I never would have believed possible.
I ed the Air Force and served for many years working on nuclear missiles during the Cold War. I denied any need to transition for a long, long time. Surprisingly, full surgery is now a covered medical benefit with many major corporations around the United States, including places like Bank of America, and even Disney. It was about 10 years ago when my life started to really go downhill and my wife first tried to talk me into seeking some sort of help.
One wonderful fact about living under California law is that even after my transition, which includes a legal name and gender change, so that I am now officially recognized as a female all the way back to my birth certificate, Cherie and I are still married and have full legal spousal rights.
During this period, I immersed myself in things such as the Orange County Space Societygetting involved with public outreach and education activities to get people excited about space exploration. Thailand is the country with the most experience in this sort of surgery, and can be relatively inexpensive, with excellent. Other friends have lost jobs, homes, and pretty much everything, and had to start over from scratch.
The Orange County Space Society used to be led by a man. Instead, I was turned percent accepted, and was re-elected unanimously for a new term as president of the society. After this, I could also honestly say, our relationship has never been more perfect and solid. Yes, a few people have left the group, but this is exactly the into of what I expected in that I thought I would be the one to disappear. For those readers out there who think this is a horrible thing to allow, all I can say is why would anyone not embrace the fact of two people who love each other story able to marry?
I felt that I would definitely not be accepted and that the important work we were doing would lose all credibility. I have actual friends that stuck by me through it all, and my family and my wife could not be more supportive. I admit I paid a price for it, but being there was worth it. With that in mind, I made the decision to tell the space society what was happening, with the idea that I would step aside if anyone thought I would be detrimental to our education work.
So, for all of my life up until the last couple of Men, I was seen as a woman by the outside world. Friends were taking bets on whether I would drag myself out of bed for this or not, but those who truly know me and my passion for exploration, had no trouble understanding I would be there no matter what. It is believed that over 50 percent of all transgenders have tried this, and too many succeed.
I am a transgender male-to-female MtF and have just recently transitioned from my old life to this new one. I fell in love with her and still, after over a quarter of a century, feel exactly the same. I can never say enough about her love and support, except to know that without her, I would not be here to write this now. A couple of years ago I finally did seek out help and decided to stop avoiding the issue, and to see where this journey would take me.
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More in News. One of the most common side effects, to put it mildly, that a transgender person goes through who tries to hide the fact from everyone, including themselves, is that they will be driven to suicide. I made this realization when I was about three years old, basically at the time in life when starts to understand the differences between a boy and a girl. When I first broke the news about my transition to a good friend who I work with a lot in space education, he joked about it by pointing out that we had been trying for many years to get more females excited about space.
And also because of that time, I understood very quickly that I had to hide my true feelings and do the things that were expected of a young boy. When it finally became necessary for Larry to transition to Michelle, I initially had a difficult time, but in the end, I found I still loved this person, no matter what her gender was to be. I know of kids who came out to their parents in their teen years and were literally thrown out onto the street.
With all the hoopla recently over allowing same-sex marriage, it is a fact that in cases such as ours, we are in a completely legal same sex marriage, no matter what happens to the state constitution.
Scientifically-speaking, no one knows for sure what causes someone to be transgender. Many couples who have one spouse go through transition, often end in divorce. Some transgenders never go past this stage, either for personal or financial reasons. That does not mean that I only realized this fact recently; it means that it took me a big part of my life to be able to come to terms with this and to finally understand and do something about it.
As for my wife, Cherie, we have been soul mates since the first moment we met. Most of us still do pay for our own, however. She understood even better than I did that something had to change, or I was not going to survive.
Because of the time when I grew up in the late s and s, without having conveniences such as the Internet, I truly believed I was the only one in the world with this sort of problem. It was not until I was in my early 20s that I finally found out I was not the only person afflicted with this. Most people in my situation do their best to fit in, telling ourselves that we can overcome this by doing male things.
I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. As with most transgender people I understood very early in life that something was profoundly wrong with who I was. This is definitely not the case with too many in this world, and I can only hope that my story might help others to understand that we are not freaks or monsters, but simply people who have a different challenge in life. She is the same person I met and I love her dearly, and plan to stay married to Michelle.
If not for the intervention of Cherie, I would not be alive to discuss this today. Taking hormones and testosterone blockers were just the first step in my transition. The best known has to be Dr. Marci Bowers, who runs a clinic in Trinidad, Colorado.
Larry Evans of Lake Forest recently underwent a sex change operation and now identifies himself as a woman named Michelle. When we do decide it is time to proceed it can still be trepidatious.
Now, a woman serves as president. That is a very common thing for a transgender to do because of the rejection so many receive from family, friends, and co-workers. Late last year, it dawned on me that I had no choice but to complete the process and go full time, no matter the consequences. She has a reputation as a superb surgeon, but also has the distinction of being the only reasment doctor who also happens to be transgender, having undergone the surgery herself.
Anyone who could put up with me, especially through all that has transpired over the last couple of years, is beyond amazing. The surgery was the culmination of a long, difficult personal journey that the year-old Evans recalls in the essay below. Once that happened, the proper course of treatment was to start hormone replacement therapy.