from Helen Hill LMFT
One of the most powerful catalysts for change is telling your story. It doesn’t need to be your entire life. In fact, for the purposes of effectiveness, it should not be your entire life. People often relate to events such as sudden change, loss, triumph, grief, acceptance, love, rejection, challenge, redemption and the like.
A story can humanize the experience of transgendered people to those who have never experienced a transgendered individual. Let’s face it, there’s just not that many of us around! (According to a UCLA study there’s only 700,000 of us in the USA out of 360 million people!)
If you have a short story you’d like to share that you feel taught an important lesson, I would be honored to place it on my blog.
There are a few caveats:
- Your story, you, and the people involved will remain anonymous.
- No references to outing identifiable others.
- No one should be personally endangered by the telling of your story.
- Your story needs to focus on one important event or life lesson to be shared.
- Please, nothing prurient, no fetishism or exhibitionism, no encouragement of self-harm/self-destruction.
- I will only EDIT your story for grammar, punctuation and anonymity.
For an example of what I mean about a short story, please see my example, “A Transition Story: The High School” (Of course, since I’ve already “outed” myself years ago, anonymity does NOT apply to me!)
You can email me your stories at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and let’s get writing!