I’m and 18 year old boy and I want to be a girl, I have always had this feeling, but it has been on and off due to the fact that my family is dead against this kind of stuff. I would like to at some point start hormones but i don’t know how to go about all this. What should I do?
You’re not alone. People who want to live the role of the other gender are called transgender. Transgender people feel that the body type and sex organs they were born with (a penis or vulva) are different from the gender they want to be (being a guy or a girl).
It’s important to talk to someone you can trust, and who understands gender identity issues. To find a support group in your area, check out GenderTalk.
Some transgender people choose to live the role of the gender they identify with, and some don’t. Some transgender people choose to become transsexual by having their gender reassigned through hormone treatments and/or surgery.
Many people, including teens, have non-traditional feelings about gender roles and sexual identities, and that’s normal, too.