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Ben, 26, grew up in a small coastal town. A keen musician, player of all sports and committed academic coaster at school, he went on to gain a degree in humanities. Having travelled far and wide, Ben recently moved to London. He has been surviving on odd jobs, while gaining experience in journalism, exploring the city by bike and sampling a wide array of ales. Ben has experienced gender dysphoria for as long as he can remember, but did not identify as transgender until his early twenties. He has lived full-time as male for the past year.

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My transgender life: The trans phone conundrum, Notebook

My transgender life: The trans phone conundrum

I pick up the phone and dial the researcher’s office number. His assistant answers. He’ll pass on my request for information. A couple of hours pass and my telephone rings. “Hello, is that Beth?” asks the caller. ‘Beth?’ I think. Then I realise what’s happening.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 28 March 2013 at 2:15 pm

My transgender life: ‘Social transition is scarier than jabbing a needle in your thigh every fortnight’, Notebook

My transgender life: ‘Social transition is scarier than jabbing a needle in your thigh every fortnight’

The weirdest aspect of being in the early stages of transitioning from female to male is the unavoidably public “social transition”. I never had to come to terms with how I felt since I’d always felt trans. What scared me was telling everyone else.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 14 March 2013 at 12:06 pm

My transgender life: I’ve experienced a thousand times more love and acceptance than hate, Notebook

My transgender life: I’ve experienced a thousand times more love and acceptance than hate

How on earth do I start this? I wanted to write a blog about being a twenty-something, well-traveled graduate trying to start a life in London. I’m getting by on minimum wage shifts until I’ve squeezed in enough internships to beat the classic ‘you haven’t got the experience/how can I gain experience without an opportunity to gain experience?’ paradox. I also happen to be transgender. There, that got your attention.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at 6:00 am

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