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First Times: Transgender women share coming out stories

Six transgender women have shared how they knew they were trans and the first time they came out.

In a new episode of PinkNews original series, First Times, transgender women Nina, Lili, Raina, Ruby, Connie and Michelle opened up about their experiences of coming out online versus to family and friends.

Watch the video below to see transgender coming out stories.

Nina, 27, grew up next door to two transgender women but, at age 13, she didn’t yet understand herself as transgender.

“That was probably the first time I met another trans person,” she told PinkNews, “But it wasn’t until later on that I met trans people that I felt a community feeling, because then I understood what it actually meant to be trans.”

She added: “I always knew [I was trans] but didn’t have a label that matched how I felt.”

Michelle, 47, said: “I went to the Way Out club in London and realised I wasn’t the only one. I had an amazing night and it helped me to identify and be like: ‘Yeah, this is who I am.’”

Lili, 26, also had an identity-affirming moment while out clubbing, when she met another trans girl for the first time.

“I was 16 in the club, illegally, and I met a trans girl and I was so in awe,” she said.

“I was like: ‘I want to be like you when I grow up.’ It felt almost therapeutic, like that’s where I need to go—you’re not gay, you’re trans.”

How to come out as transgender

Ruby’s “lightbulb moment” came when she was watching a TV programme featuring a trans woman and realised she related a lot to the character’s struggle.

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