Question: I want to begin the transition to female, how do I go about beginning? And also is there any gender therapist’s to help me figure out if this is in fact the right decision for me? I have felt more like a girl for the better part of my life thus far, yet have not come out to anyone about it.
Some of the information you are looking for can be found in an earlier post: How does one begin the process of transitioning? This post contains information on the process for coverage of sex reassignment surgery (SRS) through OHIP and some resources on Trans health and programs.
If you are interested in exploring your thoughts with someone before beginning this process, you can try contacting the “Find-A-Therapist” program offered by The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. They can try to match you with a therapist in your area that has experience with gender identity.
There is also a group called Torchlight Gender Support which holds monthly meetings in Southwestern Ontario for people exploring Trans identities. On the “About Us” section of the website you will find an e-mail to contact regarding meeting times and location. If you are a student at the University of Guelph, you may also consider stopping in at the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity located on the first floor of the University Centre, down the hall with the bank machines and hair salon. They have a lending library of books and magazines as well as resources on trans identities.
Most importantly, thank you for sharing this question with Ask OUTline, it must have taken a lot of courage. If you have any other questions, don’t be afraid to ask away.