Transition: The Real Life Test (RLT)
by Laura Amato
you've gone to a Gender Psychologist and Possibly a Psychiatrist.
After a few weeks the diagnosis has been made and your told you
are suffering from Gender Dysphoria. The solution is the Real Life
Test (RLT) and if you can work and live as a woman for one to two
years you could be approved for Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS)
to assign you to the female gender. You may also be provided with
the name of an Endocrinologist and your first letter of recommendation
for hormones. Some though may want you to be in the Real Life Test
for three months before prescribing Female Hormones.
Coming out to family, friends and co-workers may well be the hardest part of transition. Your human resources department usually will write a letter to employees describing what's going on. Many opt to write an open letter to employees as well. You could use the letter option for friends and family but experience shows dealing one on one, face to face is a good approach before transitioning. The results may surprise you. The ones that you thought would support you may not, and the one you thought wouldn't support you might. There's no predicting the results. Prepare to loose some of them though. Any rejections are usually due to misconceptions about Transsexuality and usually are not because of you.
Picking your GRS surgeon early is important as waiting times can be up to a year. Ask others about their results.
Identification is important these days. You will be required to get a legal name change. You will then need to change all your important papers, driver's license and bank accounts. Make lots of copy's of everything. Use originals where possible.