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.