One year ago, today—August 19, 2015—I made the leap and changed my public profile from Greg to Gina.
On the left: My profile picture from that day.
On the right: A picture from this week.
The sassy look on this week’s picture—that’s how Julie referred to it when I asked, “Which of these pics should I use in my new profile?”—is representative of how I feel inside. After mountainous ups and downs the past year, I have finally been at peace for several months, happy to have my name and gender marker legally changed, accepted in a new Missouri Synod Lutheran church, seeing and enjoying important changes to my body, and finally allowing myself—this is key—allowing myself to enjoy being Gina and stop fighting myself.
Finally, I have both internal and external peace. I enjoy family life, not losing what I so feared would crumble. Most of my friends have been faithful, and I have made a host of new ones. I accomplished things the past year which were beyond any hopes or dreams I could have conjured, and that opens my eyes to see that much more rests over the horizon.
I am healthy, happy, and whole. What a year! Alleluia!