Gender dysphoria is an insidious thing: even when you think you have it under control it sneaks out and attacks.

I’m coming to realize that gender dysphoria is never completely banished. It can be managed, but never is it gone for good. It’s kind of like any other chronic condition I have — diabetes, depression. I can’t be caught napping or it will sneak up on me.

That has been…

You’re never too old to discover something new about yourself.

It’s strange how I can be alive for more than half a century and still discover new things about myself. Specifically, I’ve started learning skills I thought I would never have; I’ve discovered talents that were so latent I didn’t even know they existed.

It’s absurd the stories we tell…

Janelle Annemarie Heideman

Educator, writer, LGBTQ+ advocate, avid reader. Novelist in progress. Website: Empowering the LGBTQ+ community one word at a time.

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