Emma Ellingsen Is finally Old Enough to Get Gender Reassignment Surgery | 22 Words

Emma Ellingsen has finally reached the age of which she can have the life-changing surgery that she has been waiting for for many years now.

Keep scrolling for the full story, and to read her inspiring story for yourself...

The transgender community is bigger and more open than ever before.

The acceptance today of the trans community is truly incredible, meaning more and more people can come out as their true selves without facing judgment or prejudice.

Sadly, transphobia is still very much alive...

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But the growth of the LGBTQ+ community continuously builds a protective wall against the trolls and violence.

The trans journey isn't an easy one.

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Transitioning can be physically and emotionally straining for many people, but despite these struggles, the transition to becoming your true self is worth it in the end.

People transition in different ways.

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Not everyone relies strongly on medical aspects such as hormones and surgery, but those who do must be of a certain age.

The age requirement to get gender reassignment surgery is eighteen in most parts of the world...

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But in some countries, sixteen-year-olds are granted access to hormone therapy.

This means that for those who identify as transgender from a young age...

Have a very long wait ahead of them if they wish to undergo the surgery.

Young transgender people have formed a very strong community over the years...

And a lot of them use social media as a platform to allow their voices to be heard.

Introducing: Emma Ellingsen.

Emma is a social media influencer from Norway, who just so happens to be a transgender woman.

Emma has only just turned eighteen-years-old...

Meaning she is finally old enough to book herself in for the gender reassignment surgery that she has always wanted.

Emma first realized she was transgender at the young age of 8.

She soon began taking hormone blockers with the permission of her parents, so she never fully underwent male puberty.

Emma isn't your typical young woman...

She has no interest in drinking, smoking, or going to parties like other people her age.

Instead, she has thrown her time and her energy into becoming a positive role model for other trans people out there...

And she has become incredibly successful in doing so.

Emma is making quite the name for herself in the world of modeling.

She has been nicknamed the "Norweigan Kendall Jenner" after being signed to Heartbreak Management - an Oslo and Copenhagen based agent that scouts models as famous as Lexi Boling.

She took last year off school to focus on her modeling career...

And it boosted her name and image in Norway's modeling industry.

She's always been popular...

Her Youtube channel has nearly 400,000 subscribers, and her Instagram and social media accounts hold an impressive 600,000 followers.

But, despite her tremendous popularity and success...

There has been one thing holding Emma back from being the happiest, and most content in her own body as she can be.

For as long as she can remember, the young woman has had her mind set on undergoing the official gender reassignment surgery.

Admittedly, not all trans people feel the need to undergo the official "bottom" surgery... But, for Emma, she feels this is the only way she can ever live her best life as a woman.

But now, after a long eighteen-year wait, Emma is now eligible for the surgery.

Speaking with Norwegian news source Dagbladet, the stylish teen revealed, "The only thing I’ve been looking forward to and waiting for has been that now I can finally take gender correction surgery."

Emma has put her name down for the operation...

"I haven’t got a date yet and don’t know which number I’m on the waiting list either, but hopefully I’m far ahead so I can get in as soon as possible," she added. "I have said that if there are any cancellations, I will come in at any time."

Her life is no longer on hold...

"I feel I have put my life on hold a bit now. I have turned eighteen and maybe the surgery is just around the corner, maybe it is far away. I do not know, and that is what is so beautiful."

Some people find themselves waiting for nearly 2 years for the surgery...

But Emma is prepared to be patient in the time upcoming to her surgery.

She is trying her hardest...

"But it is a bit difficult if you leave, so you are told that ‘come tomorrow’. I don’t know if that can happen, but yes. Life is on hold, but that’s fine," she explained. "I try not to let it be a nuisance, although it can be difficult at times. I try to be patient."

Good luck to Emma on her transformative journey!

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