This question annoys me, I “identify” as Cree Dalene, in other words, me. A better question might be “what gender do you identify most with?” And the answer to that is simple, I identify with the women in my life much more than any men I’ve met.
As a child something just felt off. I couldn’t relate to any of the other boys. I’ve never not felt dysphoric. I just didn’t know the words to describe it until around age 17.
No. As I said, the concept of gender identity annoys me somewhat. It also gives the wrong impression to those who don’t understand Gender Dysphoria. It makes them think that I am trying to choose whether I’m a male or female. There just isn’t anything logical in that at all.
The boys around me seemed weird and out of control as they explored the world around them. I felt the need to nurture and take care of animals, as well as people I perceived as more vulnerable than me. The need to nurture made it easier to relate to the girls in my life.
Puberty sucks for everyone. In my case it sucked because I kept trying to go back and forth from acting manly and strong, to just being okay with myself. The struggle made it a lot harder to relate to people socially, so I didn’t.
Nothing’s really changed, I still feel distress, or depression, whenever I consider that I was born with an XY chromosome in a male body. There’s literally nothing modern medicine can do to change that.
At home, my wife and children treat me with love and respect. When I’m at work, my co-workers and team are extremely respectful, and protective. My Church treats me with love and respect, even allowing me to serve others that need my specific skills and talents. Overall, I’m in a good place now.