Dear Friends, family and random people on the internet
Thank you for coming to my page. I needed to communicate some information about myself and thought this would be an easier way to provide some news.
I have spent a long time in my life not being comfortable with who I am. I have felt out of place and disconnected from the world, not comfortable in my skin. Basically when I look into the mirror it does not match the person I am inside. If you are looking for a scientific term its called dysphoria
Gender dysphoria is a term that describes a sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity. This sense of unease or dissatisfaction may be so intense it can lead to depression and anxiety and have a harmful impact on daily life.
so yeah after a series of events in my life I had to start figuring things out to be able to live out my life in a way that feels true to myself and will improve my mental health and daily life. I started talking to those closest to me and attending counseling and came to the realization that I am transgender. If you want some real world examples – then you can think of Laverne cox (from orange is the new black) or chaz Bono (cher’s child) , if you want to go a little older you can think of Rene Richards in the 70 or all the way back to the 50’s and christine jorgensen.
Now what does all this mean. Well I am going to be taking steps to alleviate my discomfort with myself. I have not decided all the steps I might take. For instance, while I am telling many people I am not out at work and have to think about that a lot because I need my job to live and I do not want to start finding a new one. I have to evaluate a lot of things at my work place before I make that decision. I will tell you that my wife and son know and are supportive. There are a few others and with this posting that will be increasing. I have made some changes with my appearance and mode of dress (my facebook friends have seen my mid life crisis pics). I have also found a name that makes me feel more like myself. Katherine Rose Lentes.
Now I understand that some people I might be sharing this with are conservative or staunchly religious or just can’t handle me changing and you are allowed to feel all those feelings. I just want you to know that the more effort you put in to recognize me as who I really am the easier it will be for me to remain a part of your life.
This is probably a shock and you have questions and I am open to any respectful question you might have, except in regards to medical procedures at the moment that is just mine and my immediate family’s business.
WIth Care and Respect