I identify as non-binary trans masculine. For me, this means that I do not identify as the gender I was assigned at birth, and I experience a lot of dysphoria because my mind and heart do not match my body. In order to help treat this disconnect, I have been on testosterone hormone therapy for 4 months now. The journey to beginning this therapy has been a long time coming. 30 years, in fact.
In October, I wrote a guest piece for an LGBTQIA+ platform called The Buckeye Flame.
Here is a preview of it:
When scrolling through TikTok, you might think that all trans and non-binary people figure out their true identity as teenagers. As a 30-year-old non-binary trans masculine adult who started low-dose testosterone (T) therapy 2 months ago, I can assure you that that’s not the case. My journey to starting T has been decades in the making and has been nothing like I imagined.
But there was more than Jojo. My heroes were Disney’s Mulan, Sailor Uranus (AKA Haruka) from Sailor Moon, Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s “Song of the Lioness” series, and so many more. I didn’t realize it then, but I identified so strongly with those characters in part due to their gender exploration and identities.
Fast forward a decade, and I am finally transitioning. I’ve come out to family, friends, and coworkers. I have legally changed my name and started using they/them pronouns exclusively. I started to phase out clothes from my wardrobe that make me uncomfortable and bought chest binders.
And eight weeks ago, I started testosterone therapy.
To check out the full piece, please click the link below. As always, thank you reading!