Still a trans advocate (1)

I was recently interviewed on the show “The Gays of Our Lives.” You can watch the video or listen to the audio:

Don’t be fooled by the silly take on the name of the old soap opera, Lissa and Avery take seriously their work interviewing a variety of folks to “decipher the gay alphabet and bridge the gap between the older and younger gay community.”

In February, they interviewed a trans friend of mine, who, like me, transitioned later in life, and did so as a public school teacher in the Indianapolis area. My friend told Avery and Lissa about me, and my unique story of having transitioned and then resuming living as a male.

I jumped on their asking me to be on the podcast. I long to show that I remain an advocate for transgender folks. I need to demonstrate that I have not disavowed all things transgender, as one trans woman asked me if I had. I will make and take every opportunity to speak up, speak out, and speak loudly for transgender persons.

I’ve had trans women tell me that what happened to me, when I stopped feeling female, scares them, that it could happen to them. Because they have invested so much into transitioning and finally find themselves whole inside and happy with life, it is a jarring notion to think they could lose it all. Indeed, when it happened to me, for three months it rocked me hard, so I get it.

Thus, the importance of my making it known that I have not gone anywhere. That my resuming living as a male was not a disavowing of all things transgender. That I continue to advocate for issues related to experiencing gender dysphoria and living as a transgender person.

For their part, Lissa and Avery are doing important work by interviewing a host of people from a variety of backgrounds. Their winning personalities make them easy to like, a joy to work with, and a pleasure to listen to.

Thank you, Avery and Lissa, for having me on the show. Keep on keeping on with your good work!

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4 thoughts on “Still a trans advocate (1)

  1. I have to admit I don’t understand why a male to female transgender would one day not feel female at all. Sounds more like gender confusion or identity crisis. I have never experienced this.

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    1. Thank you for writing, ACountryBoy.

      The confusion and crisis was not a mental one, but physical in nature. I was able to locate it in my hormones.

      As I learned about endocrine system disruption, I came to see my gender dysphoria was the result of my hormones having been disrupted when I was in the womb. As I transitioned and my hormones shifted, I experienced great fluctuation in how I felt about myself, either male or female or a fight between the two. Finally, after I fully transitioned, my hormones came to rest and become stable, and I ceased to feel female.

      That was over a year ago. I remain on estrogen – once a week injections – on a low dose, for the sake of my bones and muscles. I produce little testosterone, because of my gender confirmation surgery. Thus, as a genetic male my sex hormone levels reflect those of a female my age . . . and yet I feel completely like a guy. If that doesn’t speak to my endocrine system’s having been disrupted when I was forming in the womb, I don’t know what does.

      In summary, I find the reason I now feel male as the reason I formerly felt female: it was the levels of my sex hormones that directly affected me.

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      1. Thanks for explaining this. I have always believed that transgenderism is caused by something that goes wrong in the womb while the fetus is developing. I wish more Christians would understand this instead of saying such a person is sinning.

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