I came out waaaaayyyyy back in summer 2001, and transitioned just under 18 months later in December 2002. Needless to say, things have changed a lot since I came out in summer 2001, and there is now an incredible amount of support information for trans people on the web. The tricky bit is often finding what you need amongst it all.
Just to muddy the waters still further, here are a few musings about my own experiences and some of the issues I ran into - and how I coped (or didn't, as the case may be) with them at the time. I hope you find them useful - if only as a historical footnote descibing the experience of a trans person in the early 2000s.
My own story - how I started to become the person I am now, and what I experienced along the way.
On 4th August 2001 I took a pair of gender tests. For better or worse, the results are here.Gender tests are quackery - however, back in 2001 I really didn't know that, and did them anyway. This page is included only for reasons of historical interest, and shouldn't be taken at all seriously by anyone today.
Coming Out As Trans
Some thoughts on talking to friends, family and colleagues about being trans. This page includes the letter I wrote to my parents back in February 2002.
A brief overview of the medical treatment available for trans women, including details of my own treatment and transition.
Going Out In Public
An account of my holiday in August 2002, when I was able to go full time for a full week. It proved to be a well needed confidence boost, and an affirmation that I could get through this.
An Appointment with a Gender Specialist
An account of a trip up to London on 7th September 2002 for my second consultation with Dr Russell Reid at the London Institute.
A few photos taken around the time of my transition.
TDoR [TRIGGER WARNING]
Every 20th November trans folks gather for the International Trans Day of Remembrance to remember and mourn trans folks lost to violence (in any form) during the past year. This page describes the background to TDoR and a little of my own involvement in remembering those we have lost.