I guess we should start at the beginning I was born onNovemberThe doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate F for female, not fail though that would actually have been kind of appropriate given present circumstancesWhen I was , I realised I was a transgender man That makes it sound like I suddenly had some kind of lightbulb moment In reality, coming to grips with my identity has taken a long time Over the last six years, I ve come out to my family and friends, changed my name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest My quest to a beard is almost complete This is my story