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It's amazing how long it can take to figure out crucial things about yourself.

I was born in a body which was biologically (and to all other appearances) male.

I was never happy with this, and always felt that something wasn't quite right, but I nonetheless believed – for decades! – that the outward appearance of maleness meant that I was, in fact, male inside and out, regardless of how I felt.

As I got older, I figured out that I had some kind of issue regarding gender that was making my existence miserable in a lot of ways, but I didn't know what it was; the obvious conclusion – i.e. that my gender was not what it appeared to be – was something that I believed to be logically impossible. I came up with some other theories, but none of them really fit the facts.

It turns out I had some key facts wrong, and also that what I have been struggling with all my life is a well-known condition called "gender dysphoria". To put it very briefly: my brain is wired to be compatible with a female body and a female social identity, not a male one. It's unhappy being in a male body and unhappy being seen as male.

I figured this out in January of 2000, but due to circumstances I could do very little about it for many years. Finally, in July of 2016, I was able to start taking substantial corrective measures – mainly taking hormones and getting facial electrolysis, with the guidance of a therapist and a nurse practitioner who are both specialists in gender issues and transitioning. I was also fortunate enough to be able to get SRS in July 2017, and that has made a huge positive difference for me.

It's not always an easy path to take, but overall it has had a tremendous and positive impact on my outlook.

What you might need to know

  • I (still) prefer to be called Woozle; Nicki is also acceptable.
  • It makes me happy to be regarded as female, but I won't take offense if people forget occasionally.
  • I'm not planning to make any dramatic sweeping changes to my presentation (clothes and so forth), though I am starting to explore the options and there have already been some minor additions to my wardrobe.
  • The HRT will change my physical appearance somewhat, but only very slowly.
    • (Maybe I should offer a prize for whenever someone notices specific changes!)