Pronouns: He / His / Him
Erion describes being diagnosed with gender dysphoria as a massive weight taken off his shoulders because for years he had felt uncomfortable in his body and was unaware that everyone else did not feel the same way.
After coming out as transmasculine to close friends, Erion spent some time talking with them about which name would fit him best and when he decided on a new name, he started asking people to use it. Coming out was a constant process of telling people he had not spoken to for a while. Finding out that he was trans was an educational and learning journey for his family members.
Deciding to start medically transitioning was a decision that involved a lot of talking to people who had experience of taking testosterone and finding out about the side effects they experienced.
Erion has had mixed experiences with GP care. He feels some GPs are supportive and ask which name and pronouns to use and how to provide support and others give a negative reaction to their patient identifying as trans. He feels NHS trans healthcare follows rigid guidelines and criteria where trans people are expected to match certain criteria in order to fit the criteria for referral which he finds frustrating. Erion believes that everyone’s experience is unique and valid and that there is no set way to be trans just as there is not one way to be human either.
Erion’s experiences of private healthcare have been markedly easier and a lot clearer than the NHS. He has been able to get responses to his questions a lot easier and provided with the information he needed.
Erion believes that passing is based on people’s preconceived notions of what a man or a woman should look like and realising that and knowing that he feels comfortable in his own sense of self has made it easier. Erion feels he does not fit the typical masculine expectation of what identifies as a trans man, but he knows who he is, and he is content in his identity and even though it might not align with somebody else’s experience of being trans it is valid for him.