CJ

Gender: Non Binary Trans Masculine

Pronouns: They / Them

CJ is 34 years old, non-binary transmasculine and uses they/them pronouns. As a teen they got all of their LGBT education from films and television due to there being no information available at that time.

CJ came out when they were 28 years old, to everybody straightaway CJ says that the idea of being born in the wrong body isn’t something that fits. Like I wasn’t born in the wrong body, I was born in my body, I just am not comfortable with certain aspects of it

CJ says that getting information related to trans healthcare has been a nightmare Their first GP didn’t want to deal wit any of the issues. Their current GP however is smart and activel cares about them.

CJ’s experience at the gender identity clinic has been mixed, some doctors have been grea but others have been a overwhelmingly negativ experience. They say that they had to find out all information for themselves, looking at websites, sending a lot of emails and making a lot of phone calls.

They have been on hormones for three and a half years now. CJ really enjoys the effect testosterone has had, they now feel more comfortable and more mysel in their body. CJ is currently waiting for top surgery through the NHS. They are currently also going through the process of fertility preservation with their partner wanting to carry a child for them both.

CJ says that their [queer] friends have been really great and supportive of them. By contrast CJ’s family don’t really understand ithey make some effort, but very little

CJ thinks that in general trans kids are being let down They need better access to factual and truthful information in a safe and secure way. There is also little knowledge available for GP’s, much of the time they don’t know what they are looking for or why they are looking for it, or why it might be a problem

CJ says it’s important for others to know that trans people have always existedn certain cultures and tradition. They think it’s really important for young people to hear the narratives of older trans people

CJ wants to remind health professionals that a trans person spends a lot of time and has many conversations in their own head building the confidence to start their transition.

CJ talks about their experiences of counsellors presuming their mental health issues were linked to gender identity.

Age at interview 34

CJ shares an awkward conversation about the effects of hormone therapy on their body due to a lack of knowledge.

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CJ advises healthcare professionals to never forget how much power you have over somebody.

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CJ wants to see an investment’ in trans healthcare to meet increasing demand. The UK have an opportunity to be top of the field.

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CJ talks about the importance of having a multiplicity of narratives of trans lives and journeys.

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CJ says we cannot have a white middle class narrative being the thing that drives what it is to be trans.

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CJ said I had the incredible privilege of having a GP who was smart and actively cared.

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CJ talks about their experience of answering questions at their first and second NHS GIC appointment.

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CJ talks about being in very queer spaces’ which made it more comfortable for me just to be like, Hey, this is who I am.

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CJ talked about being involved with transmasculine YouTube’ and the impact that had on their identity.

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