At the time, I had nothing to say, so Monica asked me directly, “I would love to hear your take on what the gifts of being trans-gendered are (and the curse).”
Personally, I think I can summarize it this way.
Being transgender is a curse living part-time male and part-time female, as I do.
Being transgender would be a gift if I lived full-time as a female.
Living part-time involves living a lie in many ways and for me, living a lie is very stressful and a heavy burden on my psyche.
Living full-time would relieve me of those "part-time burdens." However, living full-time would weigh me down with new burdens, that is, the burdens of living as a woman in society today... burdens that I would gladly embrace because that is the way it's supposed to be.
Actor Ben Porter in the 2004 British film School of Seduction.