Assuming you are reading this and you are happy with the gender you were assigned at birth I am going to ask you to do an activity for me. Imagine you wake up tomorrow and you look in the mirror and (if you are a woman), what you see staring back at you is a bald head, stubble on your face, a protruding adams apple, chest hair, in fact all over body hair and a penis. Or (if you are man), you see smooth skin, you are shorter, you have breasts. In my view one of you comes off better but I am bias and I am making light of the assumption that men’s initial answer might be, ‘result’!
Seriously though, how would you feel, what would you think; disgust, repulsed, panic, fear? Imagine you cannot change, what would you do, how would you dress. How would you explain it to loved ones and friends, or would you stay silent and try and deal with yourself, knowing this was something taboo.
This is possibly what it is like every day of their lives for anyone who is not happy with the gender they were assigned at birth. I say possibly because I can’t even really begin to imagine what it feels like, because I am very happy being a woman.
Of course it is not a sudden as overnight, they know from a very young age something is not right. I am simply trying to shock you just to give you a glimpse of what it might be like to live the life of someone trans.
Our gender is one of many facets which makes up who we are as a person, it is fundamental. For anyone who is happy with their gender it is very difficult to understand why someone would want to change. But the point is they are not trying to change, they are trying to correct what must seem like a hideous, cruel mistake of nature and find some place of comfort in presenting to the world what they feel inside but is not obvious to others.