Understanding transgender lives – an in-depth look into transgender identity

“Imagine looking into the mirror every day and seeing a stranger. Imagine waking up in the morning and feeling that the essence of who you are is wrong. Imagine feeling lost and uncomfortable in your own skin. For 50 years this is exactly how Catherine lived her life.”

Kathleen Harper

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Multimedia journalism by Kathleen Harper  

*Although different individuals feel empowered by different words, for the sake of this article, the umbrella term “transgender” is being used to describe individuals who were assigned a sex at birth based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves.

Imagine looking into the mirror every day and seeing a stranger. Imagine waking up in the morning and feeling that the essence of who you are is wrong. Imagine feeling lost and uncomfortable in your own skin. For 50 years this is exactly how Catherine lived her life.

“When I looked in the mirror I saw someone I didn’t know,” Catherine said. “Everything about me was wrong. I was given a vessel that I was allowed to drive around in but I didn’t like it. I had no clue how it worked and I didn’t want…

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