N

Gender: Non-binary

Pronouns: They / them

N is 34 and non-binary. They said they didn’t feel that coming out as trans was available to me as a teenager and so I haven’t really been living my full trans life until I’m in my thirties N says through their late teens and early twenties it always felt that they were failin to be feminine but felt it was what they were supposed to d. N said my life became very very queer once I got to un and a slow immersion into things that felt right or goo however being trans still didn’t feel like a possibility at this point. They say that exploring their trans identity is bound up as well with unpackingy racial identity and politics

N has avoided the medicalized pathway for hormones and surgeries wherever possible. Choosing to fund surgeries through friends and the community and self-medicating. They like having the autonomy and contro of self-medicating within the trans community and it feels so much safe than with healthcare professionals who most of them know nothing about trans people Additionally, N said I haven’t yet met a non-white healthcare professional working on trans health

N says the medicalized system was set up for like a very binary understanding of trans identit. They feel people want there to be one way of explaining what it is to be trans, and that doesn’t exis. Activism is very important to N. Being involved in trans activism feels like I’m doing something and that we have some agency and power in what’s happening to us

N’s message to other trans people is it doesn’t matter what people say, you;re valid and it’s okay They add there are trans people out there who;ve survived that and come through it. And we;re here waiting for you

N describes the media coverage as wildly uninformed… storytelling and manipulation of the truth to win political points against trans people.

Age at interview 34

N describes the importance of learning trans sensitivity’ and improving an awareness of trans bodies.

Age at interview 34

N says I think that the thing that has shifted that depression most significantly is having surgery and having hormones.

Age at interview 34

N reflects on their experience of LGBTQ+ education and the power of inclusive education.

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N talks about how they have never come out to a GP’ and explains their reasons why.

Age at interview 34

N reflects on the onset of puberty as a spanner in the works’ and how their whole relationship with their body shifted.

Age at interview 34

N talks about the associated costs with top surgery that people don’t think about.

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N highlights some of the most helpful things they learned through having top surgery and their recovery.

Age at interview 34

N shares their fear of medicalised pathways and how they navigated transition outside of it.

Age at interview 34

N talks about the need for positive representation at school and safe spaces.

Age at interview 34