These changes can help reflect the things you understand about your gender to the rest of the world.
In TV and movies there is what is called “a single story” which only shows one way of transitioning and being transgender. On TV this often includes a character having surgery or taking hormones, but there are several options available when it comes to transition. In reality, everyone finds different ways to navigate their transgender identity.
Some people tell a close circle of friends and/or family. Sometimes all a person needs is to have their friends and family understand and see them for who they are. Other people choose to do what is called “social transition”. Social transition includes changes to things like their name, pronouns, style and appearance to better reflect a person’s gender identity. Some people do choose to take hormones or have surgery to change their appearance through what is called “medical transition”. During some of these processes, people may want to change some of their legal documents.
As you decide which, if any, of these steps sound okay to you, it can be helpful to talk about your feelings with a professional who knows a lot about gender identity issues. You deserve to feel good about expressing yourself in ways that you feel comfortable, without pressure from others. Our counsellors can help provide information about your options.
Taking hormones or having surgery is a big step. For some, it is absolutely necessary. Most people who choose to medically transition strongly need their identity and body to match. To medically transition you will need to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about transgender health. They will likely refer you to a psychiatrist to access some of these options. Send us an email for the most up to date resource list of doctors and specialists involved in transgender issues.