Michelle

Gender: Female

Pronouns: She / her

Michelle is a 34 year old trans woman. At the age of five Michelle says she knew something was up in gender town but didn’t know what the words were. Michelle explains that when she was young she really really wanted to wake up one morning and be a woma. Michelle started finding information about Trans healthcare from the internet in the early 2010’s – mostly through Facebook groups and forums like Reddit.

Michelle went through the NHS and her GP to get hormones. She says that her GP was pretty coo about referring her. At the time of referral it was still NHS procedure to be referred to a psycho-sexual therapist prior to the gender identity clinic.

Michelle came out to her friends first and then family which has been a difficult process. Michelle has lived with financial instability, and claiming benefits. Michelle has received different types of mental health support, she found Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the most helpful.

Michelle thrives doing her successful trans podcast show which gives her life and showed that I can actually get things done She appreciates being able to work on something on her own terms.

Michelle says she was lucky getting an appointment at the gender identity clinic after getting a cancellation. She describes her first appointment with the GIC as horrible They were constantly just questioning and poking away and she was terrified of saying the wrong thing and being kicked out of the service. Michelle says that hormones aren’t for everyone obviously, but they, they turned out great for me Things I didn’t know were gender dysphoria vanished. It was hard at the beginning but then it definitely got better.

Michelle feels that the reporting [by the media] on the issue of trans kids specifically has been abysmal. Genuinely awfu. She says they’re spinning a fiction because a fiction sells morehey;re spinning fiction and conflict to sell, rather than to inform She says it’s important to think about self-care when engaging with social media. She would like to see a resource in the future that tells people how to deal with journalists and how to protect yourself.

She says there needs to be more training for GPs with trans healthcare, the clinicians need to be more holistic and take into account what the person is going through. don’t necessarily assume that you know everything if you;re a cisgender healthcare professional She advises them to get reading some trans voices

Michelle says that although it may suck at time she wouldn’t have changed her choice to transition, I am very happy about who I am

Michelle reflects on the positive impact of hearing a nurse use the correct pronouns at a crucial time in hospital.

Age at interview 34

Michelle says the reporting on the issue of trans kids specifically has been abysmal. Genuinely awful.

Age at interview 34

Michelle shares her message for trans people who are struggling with coping with online media negativity.

Age at interview 34

Michelle talks about the multiple events that contributed to a mental health crisis.

Age at interview 34

Michelle talks about trans people who are neurodiverse being terrifiedthat their autism diagnosis could be held against them.

Age at interview 34

Michelle talks about her assessment for ADHD and the validation of having it confirmed it just sort of all clicked together.

Age at interview 34

Michelle shares a story about when she felt her ADHD helped her’ achieved something exciting.

Age at interview 34