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.