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Well, as far as I know, I'm the only BBSer who had to deal with this kind of thing? And so few people are left here that I'm sure of it.
I am gay, though, rather than trans. So obviously it's different. It's hard to give advice, but I'll say good for you, first off. Always glad to see people accept themselves - this is the most important step, that self-respect.
Otherwise, I'd say... start by telling someone you know is going to support you. Tell a few such people. I'd imagine it's harder to find people who support trans people than gay people, but see what you can do. Save your family for last - friends first because they will be more accepting.
Be prepared for bad reactions, but understand that the first step of coming out is the hardest part. As people start to realize it's not such a big deal after all, things just get easier.
Don't expect too much too fast. I know trans people who expect everyone to respect their pronouns right away and get really offended when people use the wrong one. It will definitely take time for people to get used to the fact that you are a guy, and give them that time. Differentiate between people who need time, and bigots (which there will be a few of, especially if you're trans).
I'm really glad you're embracing this, but also really sad that society is still very behind on this. I know it will be much harder for you than it was for me as a gay person. But I guess people are still a little more accepting of FTM trans folk than MTF. Best of luck.
Originally Posted by jsmak84