This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female. In my case, I was diagnosed at age 40 with gender dysphoria and at age 50 with psychological issues due to childhood trauma. I thought my secret was safe, but my teenage uncle heard about it and felt I was fair game for taunting and sexual abuse. If not for the purple dress, I believe I would not have been abused by my uncle.
Gender-reassignment surgery sometimes called gender-confirmation surgery or gender-affirmation surgery is one way but not the only way that individuals with gender dysphoria transition from their birth gender to their desired gender. Male-to-female surgery involves the creation of female genitalia. The penis and testicles are removed, and a vagina is created from penile skin vaginoplasty. Labia can be made from scrotal skin. Surgeons also create a clitoris clitoroplasty , usually from the highly-sensitive glans found at the tip of the penis.
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Instead, I want to point out that, contrary to popular belief, trans women do value singlehood just as much as the men attracted to us. Acknowledging that truth within myself has helped me better understand trans-attracted men. One would think this newfound knowledge would make it easier for me to pursue healthy sexual encounters with men.