M

Gender: Non-binary/Transmasculine

Pronouns: They/ them

M came out as non-binary/transmasculine in their early 20s. They were supported by seeing empowering representations of black trans people which allowed them to see themselves in the trans community and helped them live in my trut.

M found it difficult to make any progress on the NHS trans healthcare pathway at the time they needed it, so they did some research online about accessing trans healthcare privately. They saw a gender specialist and an endocrinologist privately and were given a hormone prescription.

M had top surgery privately. They did a lot of research themselves about the surgery and which surgeon to choose which helped them to be prepared for the consultations. They have found it difficult to access healthcare from another black person who also understands trans issues.

They feel that they don’t fit into the general trans narrative and so being able to carve out their own space and be true to themselves has been an important journey.

They feel that education and healthcare professionals should do their research on trans issues and learn more about how to interact and care for trans people rather than expecting the trans person to educate them.

M shares their hopes for inclusive education that being queer or transis a non-issue’

Age at interview 25

M says that with their family things aren’t always smooth but there is a foundation of love.

Age at interview 25

M said trans healthcare should be free, fair and equal’ and the ways that we think about trans people needs to transform.

Age at interview 25

M says they try and stay away from these debates.

Age at interview 25

M is glad to have taken the opportunity of gamete storage.

Age at interview 25

M talks about their experience of sexual health screening and assumptions being made according to how they were presenting. Now they only go to a sexual health clinic specifically for trans people.

Age at interview 25

M says that their queer identity has been more affirmed through transitioning and I care a lot less about gender.

Age at interview 25

M talks about the impact of colonisation on societies across Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Age at interview 25

M talks about the process of trying to access free counselling, just kind of getting thrown around’ and gave up.

Age at interview 25

M shares their experience of being misgendered by a nurse at hospital at the time of their surgery.

Age at interview 25

M talks about their experience of funding their surgery through crowd funding.

Age at interview 25

M talks about their experiences of a surgeon making unhelpful assumptions about the body based on race.

Age at interview 25

M says there is a major power imbalance’ in trans healthcare that is harmful on so many levels.

Age at interview 25

M speaks about coming out the other end of a deep depression’, finding their non-binary identity and not looking back.

Age at interview 25

M says I don’t think private healthcare should exist healthcare should be easily accessible to everyone.

Age at interview 25

M says Information related to trans healthcare is difficult [because] you have to be your own healthcare advisor.

Age at interview 25

M talks about the importance of black trans representation in their lives.

Age at interview 25