When you realize you're transgender, you don't magically receive knowledge of how to present, what changes to make or how to tell others. Transitioning can be daunting for anyone at any age, and since the process is so individual, it's hard to know where to start. With this guide, we hope to demystify the process and help you see what transitioning can look like.
Matthew Bryan, M.D., (he/him), associate medical director for LGBTQIA+ health at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, said the first step he takes when explaining the process to cisgender people is to tell them that transitioning is not a choice.
"One's gender identity—the inside—needs to match their gender presentation—the outside," Bryan said. "When these two don't match, it can create a lot of inner turmoil which contributes to a lot of other health issues."
Transgender men, or someone who is transitioning from female-to-male (FtM), are assigned female at birth. However, if their gender identity doesn't match their gender presentation, transition enables