My family threw me out when I told them I'm a transsexual woman

DEAR DEIDRE: MY whole family have disowned me because I’m a transsexual woman.

I’m 25 and have felt I should have been a girl since I was five years old, but I only came out four years ago.

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When I told my family, they threw me out.

I thought at least my mum would be sympathetic. She slapped me and called me crazy.

They refuse to call me by my chosen name, Amanda, and say I should have picked a gender-neutral name.

I’ve been waiting years for an appointment at a gender clinic and have no support at all.

In fact, my parents just keep telling me to drop this transgender nonsense and that I’m shaming the family.

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My brother has even threatened to beat me up.

I’m so lonely and upset, I’m starting to think that suicide is the only answer.

DEIDRE SAYS: Please do not think about ending your life. Help is available.

Talk to The Campaign Against Living Miserably (, 0800 58 58 58) and see my support pack on Depression for advice and organisations who can advise you.

The Beaumont Society will understand and will support you while you transition (, 01582 412 220).

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