This year, for International Transgender Day of Visibility, we want to give space to someone Changing Lives has been supporting, to share their story in their own words.

“From when I was very young I have always felt ‘different’. I’d always dressed ‘like a boy’ and always felt more comfortable that way. My life though hasn’t been a simple one and so exploring these feelings wasn’t ever on the agenda for me.

From being raised in the social care system, losing my mom to a drug overdose, and struggling with my own mental health while trying to find my way out of an abusive relationship, my life has just been about trying to survive.

At some point though, I must have found the courage to speak out about how I was feeling about my gender, as a few years ago I was referred to a Transgender Clinic.

Last month I was contacted for my very first appointment. I was finally able to talk about how I felt and what was going on in my life. I was referred to mental health support, to get some help dealing with some of the experiences I have been through, and another appointment was booked for 3 months time.

I’m not sure what will happen next or even where this will lead me. For the first time in my life though, I feel that finally there’s hope that I finally get to explore who I am.”

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