Ezio

Gender: Male

Pronouns: He / His / Him

Ezio is a trans man in his 20’s. Ezio was about four or five when he started presenting more masculine than feminine and he grew up very much a tomboy. His parents let him wear whatever he wanted and he enjoyed his primary school years. Things became more difficult when he went to a single sex secondary school where he tried to adhere to genders norms a bit more.

By year 9 he hated getting changed for PE and found he gravitated towards a friendship group we were sort of like I guess like the outcasts of the schoo. He found puberty difficult like every night I would go to bed and just wish that I would just wake up and be like mal.

After finishing secondary school Ezio went to University where his friendship group had all different identities, sexualitiesso there was a lot of like diversity and like, you know, just accepting yourself for what you are, accepting others for what they are He went to see his GP about being referred to the gender clinic which took some convincing and that this decision wasn’t due to depression. Ezio wishes that GPs could focus more on the positives that come from trans people accessing healthcare rather than list all these negative things to it;.

The impact of masculinising therapy was a big concern for Ezio. Singing is an important part of his identity and he is coming to terms with the changes taking testosterone would have on his voice. He would appreciate more research in this area.

Ezio says coming out for him was more of like a demand just said to my parents I;ve changed my name, you;re gonna call me by these pronouns and like I;ve sent off all the paperwork and everything;. Responses were pretty positiv but he found himself have to explain the whole gender spectru to some family members which he found tiring. He dislikes the idea that being trans is new; because it’s not, it’s been around for like forever;.

Ezio would like to see more local 24hr LGBT support lines since he struggles to talk to people who are cisgender in a crisis.

Experiences with private healthcare services have been positive I did get a lot of informationhey were really honest about everything and we just sort of discussed my feelings

Relationship and sex education at school was poor and not inclusive of LGBT relationships. Ezio would also like to see more positive representation of trans identities in the media.

Ezio says I’ve been trying to eat a bit more healthily and leave the house a bit more often’ and be accepting of daily emotions.

Age at interview 23

Ezio says it’s stressful having to explain gender identity in counselling, every timeI had to explain what non-binary was.

Age at interview 23

Ezio encourages trans young people to be patient when facing adversity and being prepared.

Age at interview 23

Ezio shares the importance for health professionals to treat trans patients no differently than you would anyone else.

Age at interview 23

Ezio talks about his experience of depression and anxiety very little of it is actually caused by my dysphoria.

Age at interview 23

Ezio talks about his GP confusing gender identity feelings with depression and being prescribed anti-depressants.

Age at interview 23

Ezio says about trans healthcare, we haven’t been told this by a medical professionalwe’ve had to go out and research ourselves.

Age at interview 23

Ezio describes their experience of puberty and how it felt like a mistake.

Age at interview 23

Ezio says his gender dysphoria and depression are pretty much separate things.

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Ezio talks about the issues he faces working with his voice as a trans guy and being a singer.

Age at interview 23

Ezio talks about the pressure he felt to choose between which bathrooms to use and the expectations of other trans people.

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Ezio talks about his experience of making friends at school.

Age at interview 23