Welcome, Tali. I'm so glad you found the courage to say hello to TransPulse. I hope you find this a welcoming and informative place, and a safe place to just be yourself. I also have social anxiety and have found life my complicated with my transgender issues. But, I have found support here, and I'm fortunate to have a few people in my life who accept me. I hope you also find the support you want/need as you make your journey, which will provide happiness too. The happiness will come!!
It sounds like you have a good plan for the future and are getting through the present difficulties with a grace that deserves praise. I remember the humiliation of being called by my male name in crowded waiting rooms. Those times were instrumental in getting me to make the necessary steps to change my legal status.
HRT and living as yourself are certainly major steps along your journey as is finding a style that works well and makes you feel comfortable as yourself.
Thanks for the update and happy birthday!
I have slightly more than 20 good trans female friends that I speak with on at least a weekly basis. I have never felt alone and if I really need someone to talk to there is always someone nearby. My friends situation is very different. Don't know what the stats are but there appear to be far less FTM than MTF humans out there. That is stating the friend situation only for him. Now, since he's attracted to cis females, the numbers diminish even further. No clue for how many cis women are looking for transmales but the number seems to be like really really low. So, to me, online dating is a no brainer. I've checked a few places and the suggestions on dating sites are not many.
Good for you doing the online dating thing. I as well think we should be up front about who we are and I also think it can be safe providing that common sense is used
I really appreciate your view,
Hi Tali, one thing that helped me was getting out of the house and meeting others. My family members all responded differently to it. My nephews were pretty much a shrug. It took time for some to come to terms with it too.
Welcome to Transpulse!
Sounds like you are doing very well. Back when I started things out on the name change, I could not do the gender change until after GCS. Several months after my GCS and all the changes for me made, they changed the laws -- for the better -- so I would not have had the long drawn out program that I had to do. Keep your head high and you will make it, and laugh about all of the hassle.