I am Shauna-Marie, a 40 year old transgender woman living in Sydney, Australia. I embarked upon my gender change at age 21 here, and became totally rejected by my wealthy family, owners of an Adelaide based materials handling supply company. I have worked a little bit in employment but back in the days when I started it was close to impossible for us to secure and maintain rewarding well-paid employment that would advance myself and provide a proper quality of life. I have been homeless and survived on the street. Never I have given up on my goal, though at times I’ve let myself go as I found my ongoing battle with depression to be too much.
I am now 40 and facing a future without wholeness in my body. I am feeling desperate and even have been talking to organ traffickers overseas about selling a kidney to finance the surgeries I so desperately need, despite that the risks are so great of selling an organ. At this point in time, despite various statements by business, few members of my community are entering the workforce as their authentic selves and finding they can maintain rewarding and lasting employment. As I embarked upon gender change at age 21 when I had no savings, assets or employment experience, I had little to fall back upon. Personally, starting at such a young age was very rewarding but financially it was devastating. I am facing the real prospect of never acquiring the surgeries I desperately need without leaving Australia to sell organs and in any case, that I will never approach my elder years with financial security or own a home.
At this point its a daily struggle just to focus on looking ahead and what gets me excited at the moment is dealing with organ traffickers as they represent the best available opportunity for me to take my journey further without excessive delay (I’ve already been on this road around 20 years).