Emily from The Way We Were
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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a girl. Growing up, I had always felt that it wasn’t right to be living as a guy. It just felt wrong to me, but I tried to keep these feelings a secret. Whenever my family would go out, I would experiment with my sister’s clothes and mess with a little bit of makeup. At first I was really nervous about it, but then I started doing it almost every time they left. When I was in high school, I was really depressed, and came close to killing myself many times. I would just stay at home and play video games because I was ashamed of who I was. But once I really thought about it, I realized that I should look into finding a better way to deal with how I felt. I wanted to cope with it better and find out if there was a possibility of me transitioning, so I started doing research on the Internet. I told my mother because I figured she’d be the most understanding, and she was a big help to me in starting the whole process.
April 16, 2005, I decided to make the transition, and by the end of the year I was on hormones. At the beginning 2007, I started going out dressed as a girl. It took a long time for me to go out full-time this way though, and May 25, 2007 is the first day I did. I was really nervous about it. When people occasionally started calling me “Ma’am” in public it was exciting, and it started happening more often as time went by.
I was born in Evansville, Indiana. That’s where I still live. And I’m twenty-three years old right now. I went to college at the University of Southern Indiana, my major was on computer information systems and my legal name still is Shane Elsner. Now, I am in a relationship with my girlfriend Kris Schuetzand and I've been living as Emily since June of 2007 and couldn't be happier.
In the The Way We Were photo essay.
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