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.
Also by Rogelio Pereda
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