You have done everything you can to blend in as a woman and it rarely comes up that you are trans. You'd like to meet a man and have been very careful to be sure people know this.You never go to lesbian or gay social situations to avoid giving the wrong impression about your sexual orientation.But much like the general population, most people in the gay and lesbian community did not understand that, while the prejudices were similar, the underlying issue is quite different. So when the missions were expanded, many gays and lesbians innocently continued saying that their organizations "serve the needs of all gay Americans." Many still do say this.
I felt like I was handed a live grenade—weren't confessions like that supposed to be explosive? Now that he was an adult, he could finally live as a man. In truth, I was in awe of the idea of totally reinventing yourself.
, I expected to do some crazy things for love: get wrapped up in a lover's drug-smuggling ring, perhaps, or steal a rival's yacht.
But helping my boyfriend in his transition from female to male was not an act of devotion I could ever have anticipated.
He told me about growing up in his strict family, how tough it was to come out to them, and how they'd rejected him afterward.
He said he wanted to start hormone therapy—weekly shots of testosterone—as soon as possible and get reconstructive surgery on his chest.