Rahul

Gender: Trans masculine

Pronouns: He / His / Him

Rahul began transitioning to trans masculine as a young adult. It was not until he was living independently that he started to address the discomfort he had felt about his gender identity while growing up and began to explore his identity. Although he knew his parents, who had strong religious beliefs, would be supportive of him he didn’t want them to be affected within their religious community.

He started taking hormones which for him had the benefits of change in body shape, voice, facial and body hair and he felt not having periods anymore was the most freeing thing. Top surgery (bilateral mastectomy with free nipple grafts) happened just over a year after starting hormones. He was in less pain than he thought he would be after surgery, but needed more help going home than he thought would. One of the benefits of top surgery is that he no longer has to wrestle with a binder.

When communicating with health professionals Rahul felt he needed to convince health professionals that what he knew about himself was true and issues which shouldn’t have anything to do with being trans were turned into a trans specific issue.

He believes there is a lot of misinformation in the media about how easy it is to get hormones.

Deciding to transition was a huge decision for Rahul. It enabled him to feel a lot freer, more confident and more secure in himself. For him, the decision to transition was a last resort, he knew he didn’t want to be alive as a woman.

The advice that Rahul offers to young trans people is don’t try to fit into moulds, don’t rush into it but take the time to work out how you feel about yourself and talk to other people.

Rahul says you don’t need to label yourself straight away. There is no need to fit into these moulds.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about how the media misinformation is fuelling transphobia’ and impacts the conversations he has with work colleagues.

Age at interview 25

Describing their sexuality, Rahul says it seems strange for me that you could limit yourself to just one gender.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about his experiences of racism in the gay male community, people are unwilling to acknowledge that a [dating] preference can be racist.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about the representation of the Hijra communities and the impact on his family’s understanding of trans people.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about the difficulty of coming out to his Muslim parents and what this means for the community.

Age at interview 25

Rahul says if I didn’t come out as trans, I didn’t really want to be alive.

Age at interview 25

Rahul says it’s hard during counselling sessions to convince people that you have other issues in your life than being trans.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about the process of having his drains taken out and when his dressings came off.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about what his priorities were for top surgery and choosing between the different options.

Age at interview 25

Rahul shares all the important things they took away from their experience of top surgery.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about the little information there is available on surgeries for trans men.

Age at interview 25

Rahul describes the effects of testosterone and how the changes felt a very exciting period of time.

Age at interview 25

Rahul describes his experience of intramuscular injections of testosterone [short acting] and how he came to that decision.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about his experience of the sequence of sessions at GIC and what he spoke about.

Age at interview 25

Rahul talks about his experience with a nurse who claimed that people could not be allowed to do [testosterone injections] themselves.

Age at interview 25

Rahul speaks about Ruby Rose and their role in Orange Is The New Black as an important role model.

Age at interview 25

Rahul shares the story of coming out to his family because of being filmed at Pride on the news.

Age at interview 25