This shows us that society wasn’t ready to hear any such thing and getting mental health assistance was very difficult. It is hard for me to imagine what Matt (ie) went through during the youth years. My life seems simple as I look back at things, my problems so small.
Matt (ie) “I thought I was this crazy person who liked to wear women’s clothes and didn’t hardly allow myself to go into deeper parts of it”. Things finally hit full force for Matt (ie) around the age of 40 as Matt (ie) got deeper into yoga. One day while in New Mexico meditating in the woods, something broke loose in Matt (ie)’s consciousness, Matt (ie) felt like a woman. This changed everything; Matt (ie) moved a different way, when looking in the mirror or hearing the voice from inside it didn’t seem possible (line 72-91).
Kristen A. Burgess, Emory University School of Medicine and Charles F Gillespie M.D. PhD., department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, state that “gender identity disorder is a mental disorder in which gender identity is incongruent with anatomical sex”. That the individuals experience different degrees of unhappiness with their s...
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...as right. Matt (ie) even took voice lessons, but that brought on intense emotions (lines 187-189). Matt (ie) tries to take the approach that it is a long journey and there is time to “change or morph” into whatever he/she needs to match fully what he/she feels inside (lines 195-197).
“The difference is the Trans community has an intense dysphoria around our bodies. You’re comfortable in your skin; we are not” (lines 241-242). People that feel they are normal, they fit with what sex they were born with are lucky, we don’t have all the barriers that people like Matt (ie) has. At least now, Matt (ie) and others that identify as another gender have a voice and today’s generation are “they lucky ones” having better support, information and can work through things much earlier in life, which Matt (ie) would of chosen to do if the choice was there (lines 255, 259-261).
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