For many of us (particularly those who identify as Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Trans, Queer, Asexual, Questioning or Genderqueer) , we have a yearning to express and be ourselves. Being yourself and expressing your own individual uniques can be far more beneficial than feeling trapped to the idea of conforming to something that you are not. As part of the #BeYourself campaign we have outlined a collection of members across the LGBT+ community that have demonstrated the courage to be themselves and express their uniqueness.
Blake Culley identifies as a non-binary Trans, they answer the question below on the toughest part of their transitioning experiences and their road to self acceptance.
“What was the toughest part about transitioning?” The hardest part of transitioning was not the medical aspect of transitioning. Getting surgery. Being put to sleep via IV and the risk of not waking up. Taking testosterone shots every week and then what if the changes I go through are not what I was expecting and I become unhappy about it. The hard part was actually getting started, and it took me a while to finally accept by going through counseling, and discussing with friends. I have finally accepted that I am trans and it is who I am. I was not happy for so long and I needed to do it. I don’t want to be 10 years later regretting that I didn’t start my transition at 28 years old when I could have then. That was my toughest part about transitioning.