Summer

Gender: Trans feminine

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Summer identifies as trans feminine and queer. Summer began her trans journey at about age twenty three. Looking back, she is glad she started her trans identity in early adulthood as her secondary school and town was quite conservative and unaccepting towards LGBTQIA+ identities. She says I couldn’t even come out as bi [sexual] until I was in sixth [form]

Summer describes her trans journey as not the most normal or conventional as she did not express herself with feminine clothing or makeup in her childhood, nor prior to her transition. What was important to Summer during this difficult time was to find trans role models and join support groups, both virtual and in real-life.

Summer has been taking an oral hormone called Progenova. She did not notice many physical changes from taking this hormone at first but as the dosage increased she started to notice some subtle differences. Then, after about a year on hormones, Summer says I really realized that things were changing She says her skin felt softer and her breasts developed.

When asked about her experiences of trying to get Progenova, Summer says she has sought both private and NHS care. She described her experience as a bit of a faf and that she did experiment with self-medication. Summer says she did this because she was frustrated at the waiting times.

Summer says that she was told about the long waiting times for referral to gender identity clinics at her first appointment. Summer asked about a shared care agreement between a private clinician and the NHS. The doctor did not agree to the shared care agreement. Summer did not see this doctor again and went to see a different doctor at the same practice who she described as great. She says she was actually interested in hearing

Summer says to parents to take their time to research and understand what transgender means, but to support and not misgender their child in the meantime. She says to healthcare professionals to educate themselves on all aspects of trans healthcare. Summer asks that gender identify clinics are better funded so that they can cope with the amount of people who use their services. She says to other trans people to get as much information as you can through YouTube and trans support groups. Summer concludes her story by saying trans is beautiful. Trans is wonderful

Summer talks about getting into relationships with other trans people there’s this energy that exists between trans people.

Age at interview 25

Summer talks about her experiences of fertility preservation.

Age at interview 25

Summer talks about the way stories about trans people are reported in the media and the stories they are not reporting.

Age at interview 25

Summer shares how she thinks trans healthcare can be improved. One way is to train more clinicians’ and gender specialists.

Age at interview 25

Summer describes the validation she feels realising she is autistic.

Age at interview 25

Summer talks about her experience of dating as a trans women and using dating apps.

Age at interview 25

Summer explains how she takes oestrogen in 2mg tablets and the experience of hormone blockers alongside.

Age at interview 25

Summer describes her decision making process around feminising surgeries.

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Summer talks about the mental health support she has accessed from different services.

Age at interview 25

Summer talks about her experience of answering questions at her first NHS GIC appointment you have to tick a certain number of boxes.

Age at interview 25

Summer talks about her experience moving from private healthcare to NHS care with the NHS services.

Age at interview 25

Summer talks about her satisfying’ first steps into femininity with the support of her friend.

Age at interview 25

Summer feels there is a lot of misinformation in the trans community’ and shares her experience of attending trans groups.

Age at interview 25

Summer explains how she switched GPs according to who was happy working with a shared care agreement.

Age at interview 25

Summer speaks about having no early experiences of gender but feeling a connection to Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

Age at interview 25