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I am sort of new to this group and I personally just came out as transgender to the world earlier this year. I am still feeling my way through all of this. I lost my job because of the pandemic and I thought I was going to retire from massage therapy, but economics is making me realize that I might have to start giving massages for a living again.
I have found being a man that is a massage therapist to be challenging enough. A lot of men don’t want to get a massage from a man because they think it makes them gay. Yeah, go figure. Some women don’t want to be given massages by men either. Fortunately, I was able to find enough clients to pay the bills anyway. I have talked to many men that are massage therapists and they have all told similar stories. They can build a practice but we are never as successful as a women massage therapist.
I guess my question is, do you think it would be even harder to be a massage therapist as a trans woman? I am at a point at the beginning of my transition that I dress more obviously in women’s clothing. I go out in full makeup and fake breasts because I haven’t started hormone treatment yet. Would you feel comfortable going to a trans woman or trans man for a massage? I personally don’t care either way. I have gotten some really great massage from men.
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