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