One of my earliest memories, about five years old, was being yelled at by a teacher for going to the toilet with the girls. About the same age I realised I was different to these other boys. At the age of nine I refused to have my hair cut. School was extremely difficult.
But I had to wait another decade before I could medically transition. Now, I can finally be myself. In , for example, transgender people in the UK were still waiting up to two and a half years for initial consultations at NHS gender identity clinics - despite an NHS pledge to bring waiting times to below 18 weeks. And a survey released the same year suggested that more than a third of all transgender people in the UK had been victims of a hate crime in the past 12 months.
This story was originally published on CNN. Kelly Wallace is CNN's digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. Naturally, the couple started getting ready for the arrival of their first child.
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