Coming Out

I'm an older transgender struggling with loneliness

Dear Rose, After many difficult years, I have recently come out as a trans woman, and I’m finally starting to feel comfortable in my body. Being a person over 60, I’m struggling with isolation and loneliness. Where can I get some help? Tiffany
Rose Pappalardo  |  Dear Rose
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Dear Tiffany, Congratulations on this significant new life chapter; you have already taken big steps to be an authentic version of yourself.

I suggest you start by taking some time to pause after the huge mountain you have just climbed. Permitting yourself the space to consider what you want now will help build a path to a fulfilling life. 

If you are struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness, I also suggest seeing a professional counsellor and connecting with your local transgender support group.

Trans Pride Australia is a great place to start. They hold events throughout the year and also host a network of Facebook groups and other online spaces.

In Canberra, connect with A Gender Agenda — they offer social support, information, advocacy and resources along with a regular calendar of social events with like-minded people.


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