What is it like to have gender dysphoria?
Like looking in the mirror and not seeing yourself. You see a body, and it mirrors your movements. You logically know that is you, but that is not you. It can't be. When you close your eyes and see yourself, you look nothing like that. Sound nothing like that person does. But everyone else sees you as you are in the mirror.
It feels like you can't escape that person in the mirror. Like, the differences between what you look like and what they look like are weighing down on your body.
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i swear to god i do not understand why the younger trans ppl are so fucking hostile to the terms “transexual” or “mtf/ftm”. I really don’t. Are they maybe a bit out of date? I mean yeah, but... there are still ppl alive who came into themselves with those terms. Who still feel most comfortable with those terms. And yet I see younger trans ppl act as tho anyone using those terms are somehow using UNFORGIVABLE TERMINOLOGY like fuck off bitch, when I was first starting to think about my gender, the elders I looked to used “transsexual” and I still feel like that’s a fair summation of my identity.
It just irritates me, ‘cause like. Declaring those terms anathema alienates older queer folks and isolates y’all from your history. You don’t have to use it for yourself, but when ppl use it for themselves you fuckin IMPLODE and I just.... WHY??? Fuck right off.
I’m a nonbinary former ftm transsexual in many ways, and y’all can’t take that shit from me. :|
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