15 Photos of People Who Changed Their Gender and Became Their True Selves

We’ve all experienced that feeling of discomfort, when you’re with a group of friends and feel like you can’t trust them or be your true self around them. Now imagine that’s how you feel all the time, with everyone, even those closest to you. Being able to be your true self with others shouldn’t be something that some people can do and others cannot. But it’s not always as simple as it sounds. It requires courage, especially if you feel like you have to confront most of the people you see and speak to every day.

1. “In becoming Ashley, my last step was to stop ’transitioning’ to Ashley and JUST BE her.”

© Ancient_Combination / reddit

2. “Same smile but this one’s real!”

© Devinwithani / reddit

3. “4 years and a lot of hard work later…”

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4. “Sometimes I have to remind myself how far I’ve come in the past 2 years.”

© neederbellis / reddit

5. “From when I tried my hardest to please other people to self-care, acceptance, and happiness”

© Poliogirl / reddit

6. “3 years ago in the summer vs now”

© caitowo / reddit

7. “Getting there a little bit everyday”

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8. “2 years of glow-up later”

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9. If it wasn’t for the tattoo, we’d say it was a different person.

© Eveb94 / reddit

10. “I feel so much better now.”

© AlitaMara / reddit

11. “This helped me find the pieces that have been missing all my life. I’m so much happier.”

© cutejessli / reddit

12. “From depressed egg to cute chick in 18 months”

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13. “I’m happier, which is all that matters.”

© Gillianpret / reddit

14. “Lots of baby steps — it’s a process.”

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15. “I feel cuter every day. Love life. Things change.”

© ErinInTheMorning / reddit