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Crysti Hart during the past few years has come out to live almost full-time as a woman.  This column depicts how she did it, what she has learned, while providing tips to help you on your journey. 

The Words of Others

I can remember the day so clearly when I stopped caring "what other people thought." It was liberating. The days before that moment were draining -- emotionally, mentally, and physically. To wake up each day and put on that emotional suit of armor to protect me from the masses was exhausting.

So one day I just decided to step out and let the world take me as they will. I no longer had the need or interest in them seeing me as I saw myself. Their words and opinions would no longer defined me; I would define me and they were free to accept that or not. The words of others no longer impacted my thought or actions.

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If My Child Came Out As Trans

Recently the world lost Leelah Alcorn, a trans girl who felt too unsupported, too misunderstood, too tormented to go forward. Leelah died of homophobia, specifically transphobia, and bluntly: that’s wrong on more levels than I can count. Sure, I feel judgmental toward her parents for their lack of support for their daughter. But it’s relatively easy to feel judgmental, and much harder to figure out how to help. I want to try to help, so I’m imagining one possible scenario, step by step. To avoid a confusing array of pronouns, I’ve chosen to write about a young person with the body of a boy, whose gender identity is female. However, I think the issues will hold true for a transgender boy or girl, female or male, and for his or her family.

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Wow! You Really Do Exist! Discovering my inner female

As we discussed before, when the closet door started to open- the light was very bright indeed. At times I even would think of the old "Z.Z. Top" standard- The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" or something like that.

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