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This month’s topic – Megan’s Story

Below we hear the story of Megan which she has proudly shared with us. Megan hopes that her story will empower and support others to feel confident in recognising and being proud of themselves and the lives that they choose to lead.

‘Hi! I’m……well I’m ‘me’ among a lot of other things but we know ourselves better than anyone else. Though when we are younger, we lack the information and education to properly put into words what that is. Some will say we’re confused but I know I wasn’t. I knew who I was but needed help, support, education, anything to help a 7 year old just trying to be themselves as everyone should be allowed to be. I had a different name then but what’s in a name? Like all words they’re just made up stuff. I know being called Megan now, means a lot to me even if it doesn’t to anyone else or they refuse to recognize me as Megan.

So I’m a trans woman. It’s who I am and have always been but it’s not all I am!

I’m a mountain biker, love mud flying in my face, speeding round berms and dodging trees. I love climbing in the mountains with ropes, axes & crampons in -28 on Ben Bevis in January. 

I paint and occasionally get to play a game with model space marines, orks, elves and other fantastical races. I love a good book, everything from fantasy to Bronte. I’m a Royal Air Force veteran, represented the RAF and Combined Services in international basketball tournaments. I also ran for Wirral AC, was part of the Toxteth Tigers National League team in the 90s. 

Oh and I’ve a (low level) qualification in makeup and Beauty from LivAva. I’m particularly proud of that one!

I work in a school fixing anything with a plug. Well I’m the IT Network Co-Ordinator officially but I’ve also coached basketball, helped to run Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, painting modelling clubs….so yes, quite a range! A gender should not have to define who you are and this should certainly not limit your life experiences.

I can see the support from the school and other students for gender questioning is so much better than when I was young (a long while ago now!). Transitioning is such a difficult and scary time and any help and support from others  is invaluable. 

In my experience, the wider world is less accepting. I can say with all honesty though, what you see broadcast in papers, tv, online does not reflect the attitudes of most people. Most people are caring and on your side. 

Reaching the point in my life where my ID badge and official documentation now says ‘Megan’ and show the real me (well the contoured and make up me!) hasn’t taken the route I would have chosen.  I do understand that it’s hurt people along the way, for which I regret but here I am on the journey they call life. My life….

I’m me at last.’

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