Transitioning is when a person decides to start presenting and living as their authentic gender identity, rather than what they were prescribed physically at birth. It's a conflicting time in transgender people's lives, as they experience the euphoria of finally getting to be themselves, along with the negative social and financial impacts of the process. Support from friends, family, employers, coworkers, and the government has a huge impact on the physical and emotional effects of transitioning. I felt like a part of me was always hidden, even as I tried to fit into people's expectations as best I could.
In April , my then year-old daughter became convinced that she was my son. In my attempt to help her, her public school undermined me every step of the way. She loved stuffed animals, Pocahontas and wearing colorful bathing suits. The only difficulty she had was forming and maintaining friendships. We later learned why: She was on the autism spectrum. She was very functional and did well in school, helped by her Individualized Education Program IEP , a common practice for public school students who need special education.