I am a woman, I have always been a female.
However I was betrayed by biology: the sort of body I was identified as having at birth did not match the physiological characteristics traditionally associated with that designation; In the eyes of many in the culture at large, I therefore cannot “really” be a woman.
I was also betrayed by the culture: when I was identified at birth, I was then shunted into behaviors and roles that did not suit me, and shamed when I dared to suggest I’d rather do something different.
I am no longer afraid or ashamed, I am now taking steps to bring my uncooperative body more into alignment with who I am.
Thus I am trans, and proud to be so. I don’t care who knows it. But I am foremost a woman and wish to be seen that way.