The People: Excerpts from the Interviews
These brief excerpts are here to give you a sense of the people Jacqui interviewed—some of their thoughts and feelings. We will be posting more excerpts over time, so follow us here and on Facebook.

An Interview with Finnbar

Finnbar

Finnbar: click for larger image.

 
Jacqui Beck: How do you wish people would respond to you?

Finnbar: It would depend where they were in their lives. If it wasn’t someone I’d interacted with before, I suppose a gentle curiosity would be nice. You know, nothing sort of accusatory or assuming.

But also, I would really want them to spend some personal time with it, Continue reading 

An Interview with Jenn

Jenn

Jenn: click for larger image.

 
Jenn [talking about her childhood]: I had no one to talk to talk about [feeling like I was a girl], no one to turn to. But I’m pretty sure that I told [someone at my] school. I went to a counselor and I was having huge emotional feelings and I didn’t know what to do with them. Continue reading 

An Interview with Judy

Judy

Judy: click for larger image.

 
Judy: One Christmas, my sister was there with me, and when we were opening gifts, I got a new baseball mitt. My sister got a party dress, and all the girls went upstairs and tried it on and were ooing and ahhing at how beautiful it was, and the whole thing… and I wanted so much to be among them.

I didn’t want a baseball mitt. That’s my very first recollection. Continue reading 

An Interview with Laura

Laura

Laura: click for larger image.

 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.  Continue reading 

An Interview with Rafael/a

Rafael/a

Rafael/a: click for larger image.

Rafael/a: Coming into hormones and then later surgery, was like, I have something. I planned something for myself.  I’m looking towards this thing, and because I’m doing this thing, that means I’m changing because I want to be here. [...] the fact that you’re investing in doing this thing means that you’re going to be here after that event also, like after the surgery. Continue reading 

An Interview with Zoë

Zoë

Zoë: click for larger image.

 
Zoë: It wasn’t a decision; it was a realization of who I am.

I was four when I first asked to get a dress. I asked my mom a few times, and eventually she. . .most of the time she just said ‘yes we can,’ but we didn’t actually do it. But one time I asked and she did say we could so we went to Goodwill Continue reading 

An Interview with Aidan

Aidan

Aidan: click for larger image.

 
Aidan: Younger people, kids, can sometimes take to an activity much more quickly. They can get the basics and then fly with it much more quickly than adults who might have some already packaged-up expectations.

So in the same respect the younger generations, like the kids of the families in the support groups, they’re light-years ahead of their parents at nine years old, in terms of understanding gender and who they are in the world. Continue reading