Accepting myself – Late bloomer

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  • #33858
    Reg Day
    I actually feel pretty weird joining, writing, even considering.
    I’m almost 47 years old, in a mostly happy 22 year marriage to a woman, and have always referred to myself as a lesbian.
    As a child, I “felt” like a boy, but never considered that I might actually have been. I don’t think I ever even thought about the fact that I was born female. It just wasn’t something I thought about.
    When I was a teenager, first acknowledging to myself that I was attracted to women, the concept of transgender was just not something anyone had heard of, let alone considered. It was rough enough to think about sexual orientation outside the norm. But I always wore men’s clothing, even binding my breasts and “passing” as a man. Many said I looked “like a 12 year old boy” because I had a bit of a baby face, but always masculine. I told people, jokingly, that I wasn’t male or female, I was “miscellaneous” – nowadays, I would say, “Other”, and most progressive minds would need no further explanation. What great strides we’re making!As I came into young adulthood, I began having flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse, and I realize now that the abuse itself, and subsequent memories, led me to completely disconnect from my body. I just didn’t think about it, particularly what gender parts I was born with.
    Then I saw the movie, “Boys Don’t Cry” and it felt like it was speaking to me. Screaming to me. I told my then (now ex) gf about it, and then when I met my wife and we raised a family, I’ve casually mentioned that IF transgender was something that I’d ever know about then, I probably would have transitioned long ago, but have felt resolved to deal with the body in which I was born. I’ve gotten used to it.

    However, the older I get, the less I am able to disconnect from my physical body, and the more uncomfortable I’m becoming in it. I’ve tried to tell myself that it’s simply my female body aging, and natural changes associated with it (I have a uterine fibroid, which draws my attention to this THING growing inside my body that doesn’t belong, and it reminds me that my body itself doesn’t feel like mine.) that are making me uncomfortable, but I just can’t get it out of my mind. I think I’m a trans man.

    Now, I don’t have the means or ability to do anything about it now, nor the support network, and that makes it worse for me mentally – which is why I’ve reached out. I’m hoping to find others like me, and either come to terms with what I need to do to transition, or learn to just tolerate my body as is.

    Thanks for listening. I hope you can steer me in the right direction.

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      Hey Reg! I too am a late bloomer. I had thought I was just a more sensitive male who liked to dress in women’s clothes. Took me till this last fall, my fortieth year alive, to realize that I am gender fluid. I believe that if I had done this soul searching, repression tackling when I was younger, I’d have identified as trans and taken more drastic steps to transition. As it stands I am physically male but spiritually female and present as female with a rocking beard most days! Just wanted to share a snippet of my journey in the hopes that you’d see that you are not the only late bloomer here!


      Lots of love


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    • #35337

      Hi Reg,

      Quite a few here on both CDH and TGH websites are late bloomers. I am a MTF transgender woman who is not going to transition. My wife and I are in counseling which has been great for us personally. However everyone here will help in any way they can from advice to a shoulder to cry on. You should do some research as Xelyn stated. Build up your knowledge so you are prepared to talk on the subject and if you can afford a gender identity counselor, costs the same as a regular counselor, you should at least get some sessions and go from there. Someone mentioned state programs which may help with the costs but I am not certain. The ambassadors here are phenomenal and are always here to help. Lean on them and others you meet here. Support is a must have for your mental health if for nothing else. Be safe and know you are amongst friends here. Love ❤️ and hugs 🤗


    • #33916
      Miss Cloé

      Thank you for sharing with us Reg.    I can totally relate including having had to deal with certain growths that were in my case benign, but still called attention to the dysphoria I’ve felt.  We’re here for you and I am so happy that TGH has been able to reach the FtM population as well as it has.  The role the Heaven sites have played in my journey is immeasurable and I am so happy to be here for anyone who just wants to talk, express what is on their heart and find acceptance and validation.  We’re here to help you find the courage to steer your own ship.  It;s far more rewarding that way.

      Hugs, Ambassador Cloe

    • #33882

      Hello Reg, I’d like to start by introducing myself. I am a pre-op trans-male as well. Being born in a female body was always uncomfortable for me and still is. I spent most of my childhood pretending I was a boy and then when puberty hit, loathing my body and it’s feminine aspects. I tried for a very long time to just work with a therapist to accept the body I was already in and love it, but was unsuccessful and went through many different counselors before finding one that suggested a transition instead. I am still deciding how I want to go about it but now realize that despite what I’ve been told my whole life, I am indeed male and have a need to be recognized as such, by others and myself. It’s a struggle. I have a very small network of support and no money at all to pursue a physical transition. My knowledge on the subject is also limited. However, everyone has to start somewhere. Right? I’m doing a lot of research, finding ways to save money, and trying to reach out to people on this site. I’m finally doing something about my gender dysphoria and making slow but sure progress moving forward. I believe that if that is what you want as well, you are perfectly capable of doing so. If you are unsure of what exactly you want, I suggest doing some research and talking with others who may know something about transitioning. I’m also here to support you, as well as many other’s on this site. I wish you the best of luck and hope you find what you are looking for as well as find the courage to pursue it.

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