|Trying to accept my masculinity led to many|
experimental looks to try to feel comfortable in
my own skin. This photo was when I was at the
height of my beard phase. I feel its probably the
most striking comparison to how I look now.
Monika: You have reduced your weight too...
Andrea: When I first got on hormone replacement therapy I weighed a good 220 pounds. I felt like my transition would suit me best if I my took my weight down to something a bit healthier. Ultimately I lost 70 pounds by cutting out sugar for a while, and refraining from a lot of fried foods. I ate healthier portion sizes, and decided to work out lightly and do more stretching and yoga. Losing that much weight also has an effect my facial structure, which eliminated the need for facial feminization surgery.
So overall, I'd say to the transgender women who are coming out: learn to love yourself for who you are today, and accept whatever quality of life improvements come your way as they come. Don't postpone happiness because you feel like you're incomplete. Practice mindfulness.
|Going full-time female meant trying|
to discover my own feminine style.
|2 years HRT.|
My fiancée is queer, and in Oregon, queer individuals can get their gender marker on their identification documents reflect a neutral ("them, they") gender identity. I think this sort of inclusion of diversity is a good thing and should be embraced.
|Andrea Chrysanthe's music can be heard on YouTube.|
While Ive played piano since I was a kid, I also dabbled with the clarinet and violin, then got into guitar and bass. Recording forced me to pick up the drums, and these days I dabble with anything I can get my hands on like the cello and now an organ. I had my own recording studio for many years, and did live sound including front-of-house and back of house engineering. I also tried to do a bit heavier stuff inspired by Tool and Opeth, but these days I've been a bit more experimental, exploring the more ambient in hypnotic melodies wrapped up and bands like Tycho and Near the Parenthesis.
My music is up on YouTube, and while I'm still working on getting all of the style tuning together and the vocals recorded working with another vocalist, my fiance, my uploaded catalog can be heard by checking out my page by searching Andrea Chrysanthe.
Monika: What would you recommend to all transgender girls struggling with gender dysphoria?