Jacqui: What do you want others to understand about how you experience yourself and your gender?
Laura: That it’s not something new, and that I don’t feel like I was keeping secrets from anyone . . . that to a great extent, everybody in my life is learning about this on nearly the same learning curve as I am. That I’ve always experienced myself the way that I do now, but had either fewer words or less ability to articulate it.
I’m guessing that that is markedly so because it probably began before verbal for me […]. That although I lived outwardly as a male for 52 years, the trappings and responsibilities that came along with having a male gender never felt appropriate to me, and that a female gender identity does feel totally congruent. That somehow feeling correct in my experience of my gender is pivotal to my sense of feeling happy and satisfied in this lifetime.