I was very moved by the Sonia Burgess story (mentioned in yesterday's post here). In many ways, her story is my story.
Sonia lived full-time as a woman except at work, where she presented as a male.
I try to live as a woman as much as possible. The exceptions are at work and my life with my wife.
Where Sonia worked as a male, "the existence of her alter ego was something of an open secret."
After wearing convincing female costumes to our workplace Halloween parties, I believe that some of my co-workers suspect that something is up.
"Sonia was open about her lifestyle to anyone who asked, but she also had separate groups of friends: those who knew her as David and those who knew her exclusively as Sonia."
That describes me to a T (pun intended).
Sonia "was growing her hair out and she was certainly discussing some facial surgery and a boob job, but I don't think she was going to go for genital surgery. I don't think she thought it was worth it. It was enough for her to be perceived as female. She didn't see the need to go through such a radical procedure. Partly, this was because Burgess seemed to feel little friction between his (sic) two gender identities."
Same here. If I was full-time, I would grow my hair out and permanently remove the unwanted hair, but I would have no interest in surgery. I feel no friction between my gender identities' As I've mentioned before, I am a woman with a male body and that's alright by me.