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RSS Feeds`I am Janet. One transgender womans journey and her pioneering surgery
(The Star Toronto Raptors)


15 november 2019 17:25:51

`I am Janet. One transgender womans journey and her pioneering surgery
(The Star Toronto Raptors)

On a Tuesday in April 2017, Janet Macbeth composed an all-office email. “My story,” read the subject line in Nishnaabemwin, the Ojibwe language.“Hello everyone,” the email continued in Nishnaabemwin. “My name is Janet.”She switched to English. “I have spent my whole life dealing with the dysphoria associated with not having my true gender aligned with my perceived gender,” she told her colleagues.“At this time, I would appreciate it if everyone referred to me as Janet instead of my old name and use the appropriate pronouns (she, her). Please remember that transgender women are women and transgender men are men. Transitioning is really difficult, so please bear with me.”“Niin sa, Janet,” she concluded: in English, “I am Janet.”She pressed send and left the office. Macbeth, 40, was born in California, but has lived in or near Walpole Island First Nation in southwestern Ontario for 15 years, and works for its government.Earlier that year, Macbeth had been awake in the middle of the night. She was overwhelmed by the feeling: I just can’t live like this anymore.At home, Macbeth could be herself. Her wife had always known that her partner was a transgender woman. But in public — at the office, at the grocery store, anywhere beyond her front door — Macbeth was closeted, called by a man’s name and masked by a wardrobe only as androgynous as she thought she could risk without ridicule.Macbeth had a 3-year-old son and a daughter on the way. How could she model to her children what it meant to live openly and honestly? Simple tasks, like shopping for clothes, were agonizing. Men’s clothes were oppressive, but shopping for a cute dress felt pointless. Even if she could muster the courage to try one on at the mall, even if she made it past the cash without looks, or whispers, or worse, she could only wear it at home, praying no one stopped by unexpectedly.Macbeth ...

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