When I was a lesbian, a man became a woman, and I found myself in a new place.
I became a transgender woman, one who identifies as male or female.
In the world that surrounds me now, I am a woman.
I am also a man who identifies with both genders.
This is a life that I am lucky to live.
But it also made me acutely aware of the ways that the world treats other genders differently, particularly transgender people.
For years, I have struggled to understand why my gender was different from my peers.
When I became transgender, I found I could no longer fit in at a school that assigned me to boys.
I struggled to fit in a gym where my classmates called me a “boy.”
And I struggled with my parents.
As a transgender man, I had to grapple with the stigma that I had earned for being different.
And as a transgender person, I was still struggling with my identity and feelings of belonging.
What is this identity that I feel so desperately needs to be recognized and celebrated?
What was it that made me choose this life?
What does it mean to be me?
These questions have always plagued me.
I have always struggled with the fact that I was born female but have always thought that it was my birth gender that made my gender so special.
My body was not feminine enough for my mother to think that I should wear dresses, and my dress was not masculine enough for me to think my femininity was masculine.
For a long time, I believed that my gender could be changed by surgery or hormones.
I had a doctor give me hormones, and they made me a woman; that is, they made my body male.
But as I began to question my gender, I began wondering how it was that my body had the capacity to be what it was and still not feel like my body was feminine enough.
When my gender identity was challenged, I became more concerned about the health of my body than I was about my gender.
After I began taking testosterone, I saw the difference it made to my skin.
My skin became smoother and smoother.
I began developing breasts, which became larger.
But I still had my body that I identified as a woman that I felt was feminine and feminine enough to be feminine, and yet not feminine yet.
I was not comfortable with my body.
My chest was too small for my stomach, and it felt like my abdomen was too big.
My thighs were too small to be comfortable.
And the longer I continued to take hormones, the bigger I felt my breasts, hips, and thighs became.
I also began to wonder if my body really was feminine.
I wondered if I could ever be “feminine” in my body again.
I started to look into my own body.
I realized that I did not have the same “femininity” in every way.
I felt like I had not been properly feminized.
I did what most people do when they realize that they are a woman: I decided to transition.
But that was the wrong decision.
It was the right decision for me.
Transitioning meant I began transitioning from female to male.
And, by the time I had finally transitioned, my body and my gender had changed.
I could now be myself in every sense of the word.
It has been nearly two decades since I began transition, and at times, I feel as if I am still transitioning.
As I look back at my life and life as a trans woman, I can see my life as an expression of the experiences I had as a female who identifies and lives as a man.
It is my journey through the life of transgender women that has shaped who I am today.
Trans women are the most common type of transgender woman in the United States.
They have the highest rates of gender identity disorder, and the lowest rates of suicide and attempted suicide.
This study has revealed that transgender women are twice as likely to be unemployed as other women, and more than three times as likely as other trans women to be homeless.
Trans men are more likely to have mental health problems than trans women.
And they are at higher risk for physical and sexual violence.
And while they are still the majority of trans people, they represent a smaller percentage of the U.S. population than the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.
But, because transgender women live in the shadows and because they have difficulty coming out publicly, they are often overlooked by the media, and their identities are often hidden from society.
As transgender women, we face a number of challenges.
We often do not understand the world around us.
We are often denied basic rights.
We have to fight for what we believe in and are often told that we do not fit in, or that we are a threat to society.
We struggle with the shame and stigma that we face, especially as we struggle with transition.
We also face discrimination and hate crimes.
As we continue to come out as trans women, transgender people of color,