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help figuring out my gender identity
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:18:57 pm »

so, hi everyone! i was born male, 26, didn't really think much about my gender and stuff growing up. slowly over the years i've related more to femininity than masculinity, also in the way I think and feel about myself. i've also been "blessed" with wider hips than most guys, something i freaked out about at first when someone pointed it out, but came to love over the years. it always felt really good when I wore clothes that accentuated them.

I’ve noticed I could easily relate to trans girls as far as wanting to be more feminine, beautiful and “be something else”, but not as far as transitioning or looking at myself as a girl.
lately i've been talking to someone who suggested that i may be genderqueer/non-binary and encouraged me to look more into it, well, that led to about 3 weeks of confusion, anxiety and bad stuff.
it's been a month since i first freaked out and i've learned a bit since then, i think genderqueer feels like the closest match, but there's still a lot of confusion sometimes.

like, i've noticed i don't like the idea of being typically masculine or a typical man, but maybe i just have a very traditional/hyper masculine stereotype in my head? i've also noticed i don't like being called a man (guy or boy is fine though, so maybe that's just more weird stereotypes or associations?)

being called "handsome" is "eh, whatever"
being called "cute" makes me feel amazing

i would prefer to have a more feminine body as far as hips, waist, legs, but i don't want breasts.
right now, I don't feel like moving between genders as much as nudging everything towards the feminine, but i don't want to pass as a girl. i think I’m fine just wearing more feminine “guy clothes”: longer shirts and sweaters, softer colours and so on. Girls clothes and makeup I’m not sure of, although i recently had the urge to try makeup or clothes to cheer me up when I was feeling depressed, that thought came out of nowhere and scared me.


i don’t know how much dysphoria I have, if any, I’m mostly fine with the way my body is, but I’m sometimes terrified of getting older and losing my femininity, losing my hair or becoming something I don’t want to be. i’ve also started trimming my body hair more regularly, luckily it’s pretty light, I’d probably feel worse if it was dark.

i don't feel comfortable yet expressing myself in a more feminine way out in public, but i'm slowly experimenting with things alone.
i'm still afraid i'm going to look weird or not be able to be like the image i have of myself in my head, though.


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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 10:17:29 am »
anyone? i'd really appreciate any input!

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 10:42:51 am »
No one can figure it out but you.  A counselor may also help.  LGBT friends and allies may help.

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2017, 11:07:29 am »
I can sort of relate from the other side.  I identify as a demi male (someone who identifies as mostly male but also somewhat another gender identity; for me the other is agender). Because I feel mostly male I need T to feel right. I like some of the changes but not others, as I feel uncomfortable look masculine most of the time. I often feel the need to look fem. Having an androgynous body would be my ideal. It's the best compromise for me. It took me years to figure out what I was and there's no rush.

Some trans people never medically transition and simply socially transition. Which is still valid. Just concentrate for now on what presentation makes you most comfortable right now.
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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 02:03:34 pm »


Some trans people never medically transition and simply socially transition. Which is still valid. Just concentrate for now on what presentation makes you most comfortable right now.

it's still very confusing, but i think that's a good place to start, yes :)

thanks both of you :)

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 02:18:34 pm »
Agreed, you can live as your target gender, or blend of gender, or lack of gender, without going anywhere near a doctor.  :)

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 02:42:04 pm »
I took a very gradual approach,  I went from occasional dressing in private to living full-time in my chosen gender over about 2.5 years. All that without any medical stuff,  as I started HRT after going full-time.
All along that process, I'd take a step, pause, reflect on my feelings and move forward when I felt I needed to.

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2017, 02:51:28 pm »
Agreed, you can live as your target gender, or blend of gender, or lack of gender, without going anywhere near a doctor.  :)

Hugs, Devlyn

yeah, right now, i don't think there's a need to do anything drastic. as i wrote, i'm mostly comfortable with my body, and since i already have quite wide hips, that goes a long way :)  for now, just getting comfortable dressing/acting the way i want is enough i think.


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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 02:55:08 pm »
Experimenting is good way to get to know how you feel about things. Like if you have have the urge to try putting on make-up, just try it. It's not gonna hurt anything. And it might give some more insight to what you want. When I was still back in my denial phase, I had some of these same kind of feeling, and I wasn't able to really figure anything out until I tried it out. Maybe you're like me, maybe you just like the idea of being able to make yourself pretty, maybe you only have some days you feel more girly, maybe you just hate gender stereo types. You can't rally know until you just go for it and try it.
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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2017, 03:09:16 pm »
I took a very gradual approach,  I went from occasional dressing in private to living full-time in my chosen gender over about 2.5 years. All that without any medical stuff,  as I started HRT after going full-time.
All along that process, I'd take a step, pause, reflect on my feelings and move forward when I felt I needed to.

Good luck. X


yeah, i guess i have to accept that it's going to take time. honestly, lately i'm more caught up in trying to understand everything and figuring it out in my head. maybe i need to just put that to the side and just experiment/do stuff and see how it feels

thank you :)

Experimenting is good way to get to know how you feel about things. Like if you have have the urge to try putting on make-up, just try it. It's not gonna hurt anything. And it might give some more insight to what you want. When I was still back in my denial phase, I had some of these same kind of feeling, and I wasn't able to really figure anything out until I tried it out. Maybe you're like me, maybe you just like the idea of being able to make yourself pretty, maybe you only have some days you feel more girly, maybe you just hate gender stereo types. You can't rally know until you just go for it and try it.

yeah, maybe :) yeah, i have to get out of my head and try things out, even though i'm kinda nervous about it.
thank you :)

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2017, 02:33:25 pm »
thank you everyone for your replies so far :)

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2017, 08:47:29 pm »
It sounds to me a little like what you're trying to do is match your experiences to those of others in the hopes of finding some category that will precisely explain and predict everything. And that's only natural, because much as the ready-made explanations and expectations of the "male" category are obviously inadequate for you, it's also very disorienting to be without all the ready-made explanations and expectations of any categories whatsoever.

For better or for worse, though, all these things you talk about can vary independently. Some things tend to go together, but there's no iron laws. To take myself as an example: I'm taking MTF hormones right now and loving it, best decision I ever made—but I have no desire for "girly" things like, say, dresses or nail polish, and while I wear women's clothing, my idea of women's clothing is closer to the women's section at a hardware store clothing aisle than the women's section at Macy's. Oh and I do very much like my face better with no facial hair, so I'm getting laser, but I pretty much don't care about what my voice sounds like. So what does that make me?

Beats me. Your guess is as good as mine. And that's fine by me.

But I'm not going to wait to do the things that I clearly need to do to make my life worthwhile simply because I don't fit into some puny category.

And that, in some sense, is what "genderqueer" is. To me at least. Which means that just by not caring about categories nearly as much as about figuring out what makes me feel like a human for a change, I just assigned myself to a category!

I don't mean to make this about me, though. I just want to give me as an example.

I strongly recommend Dara Hoffman-Fox's book "You and Your Gender Identity," and their blog and videos, because they do an excellent job helping you take a step back from the Grand Categorical Question of Identity and to examine each aspect separately, and learn to take each aspect seriously separately, without requiring everything to be first validated by a category—and then, maybe, at the end, to use the categories, whether they be male/female or less traditional ones, as a description of all the things you discovered, as something to build community around, as something to feel proud of... but never as a new confining box that is going to tell you how to live.

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2017, 09:15:09 pm »
It sounds to me a little like what you're trying to do is match your experiences to those of others in the hopes of finding some category that will precisely explain and predict everything. And that's only natural, because much as the ready-made explanations and expectations of the "male" category are obviously inadequate for you, it's also very disorienting to be without all the ready-made explanations and expectations of any categories whatsoever.

For better or for worse, though, all these things you talk about can vary independently. Some things tend to go together, but there's no iron laws. To take myself as an example: I'm taking MTF hormones right now and loving it, best decision I ever made—but I have no desire for "girly" things like, say, dresses or nail polish, and while I wear women's clothing, my idea of women's clothing is closer to the women's section at a hardware store clothing aisle than the women's section at Macy's. Oh and I do very much like my face better with no facial hair, so I'm getting laser, but I pretty much don't care about what my voice sounds like. So what does that make me?

Beats me. Your guess is as good as mine. And that's fine by me.

But I'm not going to wait to do the things that I clearly need to do to make my life worthwhile simply because I don't fit into some puny category.

And that, in some sense, is what "genderqueer" is. To me at least. Which means that just by not caring about categories nearly as much as about figuring out what makes me feel like a human for a change, I just assigned myself to a category!

I don't mean to make this about me, though. I just want to give me as an example.

I strongly recommend Dara Hoffman-Fox's book "You and Your Gender Identity," and their blog and videos, because they do an excellent job helping you take a step back from the Grand Categorical Question of Identity and to examine each aspect separately, and learn to take each aspect seriously separately, without requiring everything to be first validated by a category—and then, maybe, at the end, to use the categories, whether they be male/female or less traditional ones, as a description of all the things you discovered, as something to build community around, as something to feel proud of... but never as a new confining box that is going to tell you how to live.

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2017, 06:44:27 am »
It sounds to me a little like what you're trying to do is match your experiences to those of others in the hopes of finding some category that will precisely explain and predict everything. And that's only natural, because much as the ready-made explanations and expectations of the "male" category are obviously inadequate for you, it's also very disorienting to be without all the ready-made explanations and expectations of any categories whatsoever.

For better or for worse, though, all these things you talk about can vary independently. Some things tend to go together, but there's no iron laws. To take myself as an example: I'm taking MTF hormones right now and loving it, best decision I ever made—but I have no desire for "girly" things like, say, dresses or nail polish, and while I wear women's clothing, my idea of women's clothing is closer to the women's section at a hardware store clothing aisle than the women's section at Macy's. Oh and I do very much like my face better with no facial hair, so I'm getting laser, but I pretty much don't care about what my voice sounds like. So what does that make me?

Beats me. Your guess is as good as mine. And that's fine by me.

But I'm not going to wait to do the things that I clearly need to do to make my life worthwhile simply because I don't fit into some puny category.

And that, in some sense, is what "genderqueer" is. To me at least. Which means that just by not caring about categories nearly as much as about figuring out what makes me feel like a human for a change, I just assigned myself to a category!

I don't mean to make this about me, though. I just want to give me as an example.

I strongly recommend Dara Hoffman-Fox's book "You and Your Gender Identity," and their blog and videos, because they do an excellent job helping you take a step back from the Grand Categorical Question of Identity and to examine each aspect separately, and learn to take each aspect seriously separately, without requiring everything to be first validated by a category—and then, maybe, at the end, to use the categories, whether they be male/female or less traditional ones, as a description of all the things you discovered, as something to build community around, as something to feel proud of... but never as a new confining box that is going to tell you how to live.

thank you for your input :) i checked out Hoffman-Fox's blog, it'll be a huge help, thanks :)

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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 12:49:39 pm »
Hi Finn

   Dara Hoffman-Fox's book "You and Your Gender Identity" Was a recommendation to me by our question king, PurpleWolf. I ordered it after not being able to find it in electronic form. I discovered why once it arrived. It is a work book with questions and exercises to help you explore and figure out what your gender identity might be. I have just started it and have not yet gotten to the actual workbook part of the book so I can't really tell you more about it. Hope it helps.

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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 02:05:01 pm »
Hi Finn

   Dara Hoffman-Fox's book "You and Your Gender Identity" Was a recommendation to me by our question king, PurpleWolf. I ordered it after not being able to find it in electronic form. I discovered why once it arrived. It is a work book with questions and exercises to help you explore and figure out what your gender identity might be. I have just started it and have not yet gotten to the actual workbook part of the book so I can't really tell you more about it. Hope it helps.

Hugs,
  Laurie

thanks :) i've been reading Hoffman-Fox's blog a bit and found it very helpful, i'll probably look into buying the book eventually too ;)

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 10:03:39 pm »
so, hi everyone! i was born male, 26, didn't really think much about my gender and stuff growing up. slowly over the years i've related more to femininity than masculinity, also in the way I think and feel about myself. i've also been "blessed" with wider hips than most guys, something i freaked out about at first when someone pointed it out, but came to love over the years. it always felt really good when I wore clothes that accentuated them.

I’ve noticed I could easily relate to trans girls as far as wanting to be more feminine, beautiful and “be something else”, but not as far as transitioning or looking at myself as a girl.
lately i've been talking to someone who suggested that i may be genderqueer/non-binary and encouraged me to look more into it, well, that led to about 3 weeks of confusion, anxiety and bad stuff.
it's been a month since i first freaked out and i've learned a bit since then, i think genderqueer feels like the closest match, but there's still a lot of confusion sometimes.


I think it's better to not get too hung up on the labels, as they caused me a lot of anxiety and confusion when I first started exploring non-binary genders. I am whatever I am, and there probably isn't anyone with exactly the same mix of masculine and feminine attributes as me, though some are similar. I like to think of it like this, I am feminine in many ways, and masculine in some other ways.

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like, i've noticed i don't like the idea of being typically masculine or a typical man, but maybe i just have a very traditional/hyper masculine stereotype in my head? i've also noticed i don't like being called a man (guy or boy is fine though, so maybe that's just more weird stereotypes or associations?)

being called "handsome" is "eh, whatever"
being called "cute" makes me feel amazing


Boy or guy bothers me a lot less than man also.

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i would prefer to have a more feminine body as far as hips, waist, legs, but i don't want breasts.
right now, I don't feel like moving between genders as much as nudging everything towards the feminine, but i don't want to pass as a girl. i think I’m fine just wearing more feminine “guy clothes”: longer shirts and sweaters, softer colours and so on. Girls clothes and makeup I’m not sure of, although i recently had the urge to try makeup or clothes to cheer me up when I was feeling depressed, that thought came out of nowhere and scared me.


i don’t know how much dysphoria I have, if any, I’m mostly fine with the way my body is, but I’m sometimes terrified of getting older and losing my femininity, losing my hair or becoming something I don’t want to be. i’ve also started trimming my body hair more regularly, luckily it’s pretty light, I’d probably feel worse if it was dark.

i don't feel comfortable yet expressing myself in a more feminine way out in public, but i'm slowly experimenting with things alone.
i'm still afraid i'm going to look weird or not be able to be like the image i have of myself in my head, though.

It took me a very long time to slowly start going out more and more feminine and I'm still not real comfortable going out totally en femme. I may never be, I don't feel it's quite me, I have a vision of what I want to look and be like too, and you know what, even if I don't quite get there, I think I'm giving people the general idea. Follow your image, though try being a little flexible with it, especially as when you are experimenting, it takes a bit of trial and error, a lot of things end up not looking quite how you imagined they would.

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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 10:59:30 pm »
I started here at Susan’s with non-binary as how I identified myself.  I saw myself on a sliding scale from one extreme to the other.  There were stops on it that I felt most comfortable at.  I was afraid though of going off one of the ends.  Susan’s, and I mean all the wonderful people here, has given me balance on this scale.  My starting hormone therapy is the reason I am here seeking answers or at least ideas.  I was afraid of derailing my life with it.  My meds have given me a new look at life.  I now see myself as how I feel.  I know my breasts will grow, but I think that’s a small price to pay for sanity.  I plan to continue as myself, not worrying what I’ll look like.  I will be who I am.  If someone sirs me, it’s fine.  If someone ma’ams me that’s fine too. 

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Re: help figuring out my gender identity
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2018, 08:41:48 pm »
Hey there.... I understand the confusion...like for myself its how the hrt effects my mind
I always catch my self window shopping at femmine attire ....yet in the same breath i love my heavy metal bling
but i love makeup im growing  breasts i like them but prefer they not be obvious
Sometimes i feel femmine  and other times male its almost bipolar atm im in male.mode waiting for ffs in mexico
and im telling.myself its cool its what we agreed upon .....whew
I cant articulate it but i think i know how you feel ...  at least the confusion bit
Ps i agree with jessica about the sanity thing .....id forgotten about that..and totally agree....thanks jess
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2018, 07:36:14 am »
it's been a couple months now, i still haven't experimented that much, just basic things like shaving/trimming body and facial hair (god, my neck is so red and full of bumps :P). also just trying to be more comfortable acting more feminine with people i know, very slowly. i've also noticed a need to not just act more feminine, but be perceived and treated that way too. right now, i'm a little stuck though, i don't really feel in the mood to do anything and i don't quite know what to do next.

i've had some semi-dysphoric moments though, the last one happening after i shaved my legs smooth for the first time, i just thought my legs looked sickly, pale and almost disgusting. i'm also losing weight, so my thighs are getting harder and firmer, and i kind of freaked. i want to be more soft, not hard or bulky. i had to look in the mirror and focus on my hips and how they at least give me somewhat of a feminine figure, that helped :(

i'm confused as to why i'm suddenly dysphoric (if that is what it is, i don't want to throw that word around lightly)
it didn't really bother me that much before.

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