I went to Toronto on my visit to the LGBT clinic! It was my first time going to the gay district of Toronto, and wow... I see why people call it the gay capital of the world! It's incredible, there are rainbows everywhere, rainbow versions of every restaurant you can think of, everything is LGBT themed, it's funny and so welcoming! My boyfriend and I were treated as locals, nobody even batted an eye, and plenty of people asked us for directions, haha. They were so confused when we said we were new to the area. I went to the doctor because my boyfriend recommended him, as just a couple weeks ago, the doctor there started him on HRT as well! He had his first Testosterone shot last week. I'm already noticing a dispositional change, he seems more relaxed now. I'm so happy for him.
I was afraid, almost resigned to the possibility that I wouldn't be allowed to undergo the procedure due to being an international student, or insurance not covering it. Well, neither of those things were a problem, it seems! Information online is apparently super outdated, and it doesn't cost much at all. I might be covered, but even if not, my parents offered to cover it themselves, as it's only about $80-100 a month for the drugs, and I only have to meet up with the doc every so often. The consultations are only $75 so it's not so bad, especially since I have a job too.
Naw, I haven't been to a club like that. I just co-run the Gay Straight Alliance with my BF. I haven't been able to go to it this year, as my workplace has been putting me to work exactly at the time it runs (6-8 on Thursdays). I get to catch the last bit though, so I get to meet some people at least! I've made friends with this pre-op transgirl, Jay, she's really cool.
Hmm... I live on my own, go to college, run a club, work at the school, have an art career on the side, am undergoing a medical procedure, live as a transwoman, and I'm the "leader" of the house as it were. My roommates are younger than me, and I'm tech-savvy, so I do all the stuff involving the internet or cable. They do all the negotiations with the condo owners and our landlord. I just got unlucky due to our internet companies screwing up a lot. Combine that stuff with the typical life stuff - cooking, cleaning, socializing, hygiene, groceries - and I'm generally always up to something! Which I'm fine with, I'm having fun. I just don't get time to talk to people, so my old friends kinda miss me and my family gets a bit irked at me, haha.
Yes, exactly. Oh gosh, I don't end up with that
much food. I typically eat it ASAP cause otherwise it might go bad. By the end of my shift, it probably has been sitting out for a while! Truth be told, I somewhat fear the day I blindly eat a burrito with super-spicy stuff in it... I've been saving a bunch on groceries though! I haven't bought any for a couple weeks. I might this following week, just for breakfast items. I also made a bit of money in tips! Yay!
Yup, he's taking pictures outside. He took some pictures this morning at a playground, apparently. I don't know what the subject is, but I'll get to see them soon!
Ahhh, okay okay. I'm sure you'll do fine, IceMan. Are you eager to get in the field?
Thank you! Thank you so much! I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you guys! I'm always grateful.
Basically, I take androgen-blockers - pills that stop testosterone from having effects on me basically - and I take estrogen! The estrogen will do what it does, change my malleable physical attributes, like fat and muscle tissue, into its feminine configurations, make bones a tad slimmer, slightly decrease height, increase voice pitch a bit, and have a slight side-effect on me mentally as well. Things I might experience are a closer connection to my emotions, more empathy, a little less energy, better peripheral perception, odd stuff like that. It varies from person to person, I'm particularly sensitive to psychoactive drugs and the like, so we'll see how it goes for me. Nothing I'm not prepared to handle.
The estrogen will be administered in increasing doses, and I'll basically go through a second puberty. This time a female one! So... I might be a bit moody. But I'll be aware of why, and I've already had so much practice with my own turbulent emotions in the past, and holding together despite all the insanity my life had thrown at me, that I'm not worried much. Plus, I have supportive, level-headed friends of all sorts, so I think I'll be okay.