When I first came out as a transgender man, I was afraid that no one would believe me. After all, I did “present female,” and my interests — photoshoots, dress-collecting, sewing — were distinctly “girly” ones.
But I’ve never felt like a woman, and I’ve had gender dysphoria for as long as I can remember. I decided to write about some of my experiences to show how nuanced dysphoria can be. This is a collection of gender-identity-related memories from early childhood to the present.