At the time I’m writing this sentence, I’m losing my conviction that any of this is worth it.
I know I’m just falling through a slump, and the second I even begin to question whether losing the respect and friendship of everyone I love is worth the chance to become something that’s true to myself and everyone else- the second I even begin to weigh the consequences against the outcome- I feel ashamed for thinking I could ever find it in me to continue living out this lie just to make the rest of my life a little easier. And even that’s a joke. How could it be “easier” to accept the wrong moniker bestowed on me by the rest of the world for the rest of my life? Every time the wrong pronoun hits my ears, I have to control myself- not storm out, hit people, break things, shake, yell, cry or even grimace. It’s a personal battle because betraying how hurt I am by people’s mistakes leads to things I’d rather not deal with as I stand. But by staying here, I’m putting a blindfold on the eyes of the world to me and letting them walk over me, and they’re not even realizing they’re killing me piece by piece. I want people to see me and I’m tired of being seen as someone I’m not.
But every day since I’ve been coming out to my friends, they’ve seemed subconsciously determined to remind me I’m still on the wrong side of the fence, and also pretty determined to let me know that’s where they think I belong. It’s all slow going, and nobody’s catching on all that well.
The funny thing is, I’m feeling more comfortable with myself now than I’ve been in a long time. A lot of things are shaking apart as my mind rearranges itself and my perception shifts violently every day, but everything is rebuilding from a base of truth and fact instead of theory and guesswork, and I’m happy with it. To reiterate, I feel more like a gay boy than anything. This, I’ve found, is ironically putting me in touch with my feminine side. My boyfriend said he thinks I’ve actually been wearing more frou-frou clothing since I affirmed to him that I’m male, which is an interesting commentary in and of itself. To me, it says that, as a gay boy, I don’t much mind working with what I’ve got sometimes if I can make it attractive, but it’s generally for show and/or convenience. It’s really not “me” as much as my more male clothing, but since it’s there and it’s clean and I really need to do my laundry, I don’t mind using it; I’m confident enough in my state as a male that I don’t feel my clothing defines that.
My problem isn’t my confidence in myself, it’s the disconnect between how others relate to me and what I really am. Now that it’s in question and people are starting to double take and try to see me as what I’m demanding, it seems like they’re shaking their heads in confusion and sticking with what they know, and it’s making me feel like shit. I think it can actually be harder when you’re beyond the shadow of a doubt of what you believe in and people deny it.
I have yet to even begin to explain what all of this entails to my dad, and he’s already rejecting it without even really knowing what it is. When I said in my first post he was beginning to use the name “Jack”, it was because he was finally beginning to acknowledge my DID and the differentiation between alters. He knew Jack was there without him even having to specify, and that’s always a big moment with an alter. He was glowing when his own father called him by his name without even being asked. But dad doesn’t even know about the gender dysphoria, let alone that Jack wanted a sex change, let ALONE that we’re now integrating and it’s basically down to, simply, I want a sex change. I don’t know how he’s going to get through all this, but he didn’t take the news of integration well when I tried to explain that the end product would probably look more like Jack than me. He’s a pretty fast study, though. When I told him I didn’t want anyone going through my mail because I’d be dealing with some personal medical issues, he said, “You’re not getting a sex change, are you?”
My instinctual response was “NO,” because, one, that’s not exactly happening yet, and two, we’re just not ready for that talk yet, not candidly. But I think he’s catching on. Who knows? Maybe he’ll take it better than I think. But for now, I have to believe that he stands entirely against the idea, and once again, there’s a rift of communication between myself and one of the most important people in my life. I don’t like having to hide such a huge thing from someone so close to me just to keep the peace, but there it is, a giant purple elephant in the room every time we talk.
Anyway, tl;dr version:
Gender dysphoria sucks ASS.