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Dear Tia, My name is Jeffery. I am an ex-transgender woman who’s heard a lot about you from Natalie. She tells me you are looking to possibly transition and wanted to hear from somebody who has lived the experience. While this may seem impossible, you and I share a very similar experience when it comes to gender dysphoria. At the tender age of nine years old, I was raped by a close family friend and was threatened to be killed if I told anyone, so I didn’t. After going through my teenage years knowing what it’s like to be manipulated and taken advantage of, I decided it was time to start a new life: not as a man, but as a woman. Similar to you, my mother always said I should have been born a girl (well before I was nine), and I took that to heart. It surely made me feel unwanted and caused so much confusion, knowing that I wasn’t what she wanted. When I turned 17, I moved to Portland, Maine, and met a group of transgender women at a bar, who said to me, “You’re so pretty!” “You’re too pretty to be a boy. You should start female hormones!” And, of course, along with all the things my mother said, I further

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...