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Forums / Sexuality and gender identity / Confused and Sad

Topic: Confused and Sad

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  1. randomspace
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    13 posts
    7 March 2021

    I haven't posted in a while, I have depression anxiety. But that's not the point, I used to think I knew my gender but I don't anymore. I really hate having breasts, I find myself disgusting to look at although logically I don't think that's the case from others perspectives. My breasts are small but I still hate them. I tried talking to my parents they sympathized but didn't think it was a major issue. My gender seems to change sometimes but not really. I feel sometimes part male and female, sometimes have no gender, sometimes have part a gender. I was told this is gender fluid but I still feel the same, its more of a perspective of myself. I feel uncomfortable going into the female toilets and change rooms at school, but I don't want to go into the male. Its worsening my mood and I'm told I often come across and cold and unfeeling even to my family and friends lately. I suppose that's my emotional state. I don't know what to do about this.

    Thanks for reading all this

  2. Sophie_M
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    7 March 2021 in reply to randomspace
    Hey randomspace, 

    We're so glad that you have reached out to this safe space to express your thoughts and feelings with our community. It sounds like you've taken a really big step in talking to your parents about these feelings- we understand that this must have taken a lot of strength to do, so well done on taking a brave step forward. It must be quite difficult to feel as though you weren't really heard, and we can hear that these feelings towards your gender must be having a big effect on your mood and wellbeing.

    If you feel up to it, we'd really encourage you to reach out to our kind and supportive friends at QLife. They provide support and referrals for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings, or relationships, and are available 3pm-midnight (AEST) by both phone (1800 184 527) or webchat: https://www.qlife.org.au/resources/chat 
    The friendly counsellors at Kids Helpline are also always available to talk things through on 1800 55 1800 and have a 24-hour webchat available at their website: https://kidshelpline.com.au/

    Our community are all here for you randomspace, and we hope that you keep updating us here on your thread on how you're feeling, whenever you feel ready to.


     
  3. Unbeliever
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    7 March 2021 in reply to randomspace

    I'm not sure if it is because I was an male only child raised by my mother and grandmother with no good male role models in my life... but I've always disliked the whole "your genitalia defines who you are" commonplace perspective that permeates throughout our society.

    I'm not saying that this should be ignored or denied. What I mean is that it is only an aspect of who you are as a person and as an individual. It is not THE most critical or dominant part of WHO you are as a personality. Just merely one part of the great many other things that all combined together make you who "you" are.

    Anyway, what you are describing sounds so difficult. I cannot imagine what that would feel like.

    I imagine that your parents would also struggle to understand what it would feel like also. It is difficult to grasp concepts that you have no personal point of reference to be able to comprehend or process them. With time, perseverance and the desire to it is possible for people to at least basically comprehend... but it is a long road for most to get there. Perhaps this is why it seems that your parents don't think that it is "a big deal"... it might matter to them a great deal because they love you, but they are still trying to wrap their heads around where you are coming from and just haven't quite managed to get there yet.

    Maybe if you described it to them from a different angle or in different ways it might "click" for them and they will understand better where you are coming from and why this is a big issue for you. From your brief description it does sound like you are fortunate enough to have parents that want to understand... many people are not so lucky.

    I have been told that I also sometimes come across as cold or emotionless. It's more that my brain is always in a state of "processing" lots of information that I am inside my own head a lot even while I'm in the company of others... and outwardly it might seem that I am "distant" or not fully engaged. Which is rarely true... I'm just mentally doing multiple things at the same time. Perhaps this is the same for you.

    I've never "liked" being male. Not as a kid, not as an adult. Males seem to me like the crappier gender of the two. I often have felt disgusted by my own gender and that I am a "member" of it. I don't feel any pride in "masculinity" whatsoever. Never have. Not the same as what you are describing of course but I do understand feeling "disgust" over certain aspects of yourself.

    I hope things work out.

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  4. randomspace
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    13 posts
    7 March 2021
    Thanks I hope things work out too
  5. Jo8049
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    639 posts
    26 March 2021 in reply to randomspace
    Hi randomspace , how are things going ? Are you OK ? Hugs Jo&LD

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