Journey to Authenticity: From Dylan to Daphne.
In light of recent discussion on the forum, in particular comments regarding people who might transition simply to enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, I've decided to make public a summation of my experience. This is intended solely as an aid to give anyone that I can, more clarification on this matter.
To save time and prevent painful flashbacks on my part, I am going to skip detailing my upbringing and simply discuss my adventures throughout the actual transition process.
A few years ago, my life hit absolute rock bottom, my best friend, who had saved my life when I was fourteen, passed away suddenly in an early morning vehicle/pedestrian hit and run. Just shy of a month later, another close friend passed away. These two events, coupled with various other issues in my life sent me spiralling into a depression that I still deal with on a daily basis. In a strange way, my friends passing away was a blessing in disguise. It showed me that we are never sure we'll get another day, so you've got to live everyday to its fullest. It was at this point that I decided to stop hiding in the male body I had been born in. After much research, I reached out to a gender therapist in the area. About a year, and a new therapist as I had moved, later I was given the all clear from a mental health standpoint to begin HRT. The following year was a true test of my conviction, and my patience as a human being. The name calling, the loss of friends, the brutal beatings I endured in this time were humiliating and resolve breaking. I pressed on, more determined than ever to succeed in my goal, to finally know happiness like I deserved to. Except, when it was all said and done, the harassment and the beatings didn't stop, and it is still something I deal with on a daily basis. As I noted earlier in this post, I still suffer from my depression, but every day gets a little easier for me now that my outside self reflects my inner self.
When I first started writing this, I was anticipating being able to talk a little more freely and openly about all of this, but it proved harder than I expected. You got barely a glimpse at all of anything that has actually happened. I hope in the future I'll be able to provide a more in depth description of events.
So, in closing, I'd like to take this time to reiterate that no one will transition just to earn their 15 minutes of fame, as it is much more of a complex issue than most would like to admit. I'd also like to take this time to apologize to everyone on the forum for how emotional and hot-headed I got during the latest two threads on this subject. It has been a particularly bad week or two for me, and though I shouldn't have taken it out on all of you friendly people, I did. I'm sorry.