Drop me a note if you experienced dysphoria, have since resolved and/or found ways to manage it, whatever mean(s) were used to do so (e.g. social, psychological, spiritual, legal, medical), and you’d like to contribute!
I hope we have different paths; I don’t believe in rigid prescribed criteria. I would love to amplify or otherwise support, however you feel best, the experiences of those with other combination of personal dimensions and experience.
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I write from a white, urban, Global North/West hemisphere, solo poly, bisexual, hearing, ambulatory, neurodivergent, adopted, intersex, male, slim, francophone, adult with ample socioeconomic advantage and episodic illness perspective. I’m a culturally catholic atheist who believes that spirituality plays a positive role in some people’s life. I was born and have lived most of my life (to date) in Ontario, on unceded Anishinaabe territory. I’ve been primarily based in Western Europe for the last few years. I lived for some years on Stó:lō territory and have spent significant chunks of time across the South Pacific.
The issue of whether or not trans and/or non-binary folks experience dysphoria is controversial. My experience mostly fits within the dominant narrative: I experienced dysphoria, along the way got a diagnosis, and began a medical transition. I’m not invested in affirming this as “the one true model”. I don’t believe dysphoria is necessary to be trans or non-binary. I no longer experience dysphoria, but I’m trans. I take offence to anyone who tries to twist my words around to suit their divisive agenda.
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