My Story

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  • #34672

    Faith Weber
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    I’d like to share my coming out story and tell everybody how and why I decided to finally transition.

    I guess I should start out with when I felt I was different. It was Batgirl and The Little Mermaid that really made me question things. I was born May 21, 1989. I grew up loving comic books and superheroes. Through the magic of the internet I have pieced together the age I was when I felt different because I was too young to remember my exact age. I remember the very first time Batgirl appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. I remember it wasn’t a rerun it was the first airing. I found out the original air date was September 13, 1993 which would make me 4 years old. I thought she was so beautiful and heroic and just amazing. I loved Batman but I never wanted to be him. I wanted to be Batgirl. I would secretly pretend to be her. I’d wish I had long hair like her. Also when I was young I loved The Little Mermaid animated series. It aired from 1992-1994 which would make me 3-5 years old. I again wished I had her long hair. She wished she could live on the surface but couldn’t. And deep down without even knowing it I was identifying with her. I too wanted something I thought I could never have. I wanted to be a girl. I remember being 6 with tears streaming down my face praying to God to make me a girl.

    I created a fake persona for myself after seeing and hearing from some family and kids at school that the things I liked I shouldn’t like being a boy and all. I really perfected this persona once I got to high school. I took all my feminine feelings and buried them and suppressed them and just denied them. I developed what I call extreme paranoid logic rules and guild lines for myself. I wouldn’t walk down or even look at the shampoo aisle at Wal-Mart because there are more varieties of shampoo for women plus women smell good therefor if I even look at that aisle people will begin to expect that I want to be a girl. I was nearly 30 years old before I’d go near the Barbie doll aisle. When I was about 17 I couldn’t take it anymore and almost came out but I just couldn’t because I was terrified of what my dad would say or do. He didn’t like anyone who was different than him and would make fun of them always. I told myself my feminine feelings were false and I was just feeling them because I never had a girlfriend or kissed a girl or held one’s hand or even talked to one. And not by choice either. I was always scared to talk to girls. All the kids called me gay because of that I guess. I mean I didn’t do anything to warrant being called that. I finally got a girlfriend when I was 20 and we soon got married and I buried those feelings even deeper. A few years into my marriage those feelings resurfaced and I almost came out but I was too worried I’d lose my wife so I didn’t and just went into more denial. We had a child and later divorced for unrelated reasons 4 or so years ago.

    At the end of 2018 I found some of my ex wife’s clothes that she had left at my house when she moved out. Something came over me and I just had to see what it was like so I put them on and an indescribable feeling came over me. A feeling I can only describe as rightness. I felt like I was going to cry because I finally felt right. I finally felt like me for the first time.

    Over the past 7 years my whole family has died. My dad, uncles, grandparents, everyone except my mom. It’s sad but I think being alone in the sense of being single for so many years and having no family made me feel comfortable enough to finally except my feelings after nearly 30 years. January 3, 2019 I said “It’s a new year and I’m going to be 30 in a few months and I can’t go the rest of my life thinking what if or I wish I have to do it”. So I told my therapist (I’ve been seeing different ones for 10 years) I think that I am the wrong gender. It was the first time I told anyone and the first time I said it out loud and then suddenly it all became real. That night I wrote a letter to my mom and ex wife (we remained close due to our child) that told them everything and that I wanted to transition. They both texted me and said it’s OK and they will always accept me and just want me to be happy. I came out to my 2 good friends just the other day and they are more than accepting and supportive.

    I’m still transitioning and still live as male part of the time. My birthday was a few weeks ago and my mom gave me a daughter card. I cried for 5 straight minutes. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry. Sometimes I feel bad because so many other trans people have little to no acceptance and support and I have so much. I am truly grateful.

    I’ll talk about how I chose my name in another post if anyone’s interested.

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     Miriya Paris 
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    Loved the openness of your story Faith.  I loved the animated series too,  however Harley was my muse in it, guess I am just a tad crazy.

    And the card, OMG 😪 thank you for sharing that.

    You and you ex must be close in size, me and my wife are and she gets so pissed if I “borrow” her stuff. So I have learned to have a separate closet.  Voice can be a challenge but do not let it stop you from going out the door, most of the time people do not notice or care anyway.  😞. Most of it is in your head or at least it is in mine that people are watching, usually they are too caught up in themselves to notice, and voice is only 20% of your communication, body language being the rest.  What are you doing for voice training?

    Sorry to hear about your family passing.

     

    Miriya

    🤗🤗🤗

     

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    • #35689
       Faith Weber 
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      Thank you so much! My therapist keeps telling me the same thing about people not even noticing but I just really want to sound “right”. Like I can finally dress the way I feel and I’m on HRT to look the way I feel and I want my voice to match as well you know? I have a deep guy voice and just don’t feel right being myself but with that voice. I was seeing a voice teacher on Skype but that didn’t work out too well because of finances and my internet being so slow. So now I’m just taking what other trans women have told me and what I read and watch online and trying to use it all on my own.

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     Josie Jay 
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    Awww…Bless your heart, honey. I’m crying my eyes out over your Mom giving you a daughter card. Omg, how sweet and special!! I’m older than you (59) and my dear mom passed 5 years ago. I only came out a few weeks ago and my wife keeps asking me why I didnt do it years ago. More and more I wish I had. I know my mother would have understood knowing her kind supportive nature; I’m sure of it. My holding on to that facade for so long was just time wasted.

    Even though mom is gone like I said; I had a similar moment in counseling. I am so new to this whole process that even though I knew what I wanted my name to be I hadn’t even considered bringing it up. My therapist, who is just a wonderful caring cis woman asked me point blank what my name was and what my preferred pronouns were….the tears flowed. That was, for me, the moment when it all became not just fantasy but reality. I burst into tears again, next session, when she told me that my chosen name was on record there and I could use it to sign in. To many that might seem a small thing but it meant so very much to me…

    Your story is so beautiful hon, just lovely..thank you…Josey Jay

     

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    • #35634
       Faith Weber 
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      I can understand that. Small things mean a lot to me too.

  • #34817
     Anonymous

    After you tried on your ex-wife’s clothes, did you buy more clothes for yourself? Did you keep trying on women’s clothes? How often are you in women’s clothing compared to men’s clothing?

     

    • #34849
       Faith Weber 
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      I didn’t buy any clothes for myself until I decided to transition at the beginning of this year. I am female at home and wear women’s clothes at home all the time now. I just haven’t been out in public as female yet because of my voice. It is my biggest insecurity. I’m currently taking voice lessons. Hopefully soon I can be me in public too.

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