Transgender Woman Explains Why Her Daughter Calls Her Dad | 22 Words

A transgender woman who recently transitioned from male to female has shared why her daughter still calls her dad.

Keep scrolling to read what she has to say...

Now, let's start with the facts.

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What exactly is gender dysphoria?


Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's sex and the gender with which he, she, or they identify with.


People with gender dysphoria experience high levels of discomfort with their own bodies, and they often report feeling as if it isn't their own.

It is more commonly known as being "transgender."

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People who are transgender more than often realize that they are from a very young age. But not always...

It can trigger depression and other mental health issues.


And, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.

Family support is one of the most important things for anyone coming out as trans...

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And despite this being what a person desires, the first few steps into transition are never easy.

Coming out as transgender and beginning the transition will never be easy...

And for trans parents, it can impact massively on family life.

Thankfully, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever today.

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There are countless organizations around the world that work hard together purely to support the transgender community.

Families around the world are now more accepting than ever...

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But for children with trans parents, it can be a confusing time...

One trans woman has shared that her 3-year-old daughter still calls her dad...

And admits she was jealous her ex-wife was able to carry their child.

Thirty-year-old Rachel Doese was born male, but knew by age 6 she was a girl.

However, due to the taboo surrounding the subject, she repressed her feeling for over 2 decades.

"I knew I was transgender back when I was six-years-old," Rachel said. 

"However, I knew it wasn't normal and a taboo — this led me to repress those feelings until I was 28 years old."

It wasn't until she was twenty-eight, and a year after the birth of her daughter, that Rachel decided to make the transition...

And says that she's now happier than ever.

She continued...

"From a young age, the main sign was just a complete feeling of dread whenever I saw my body. No matter if I was skinny, fat, muscular, or anything in between, no matter how many people saw me as attractive — something literally always felt wrong.

"Growing up with gender dysphoria really put a damper on my childhood. I didn't fit in with the boys and I didn't fit in with the girls, and the anxiety and depression caused by gender dysphoria clouded a large portion of my life."

Rachel continued to live as a male, and in August 2011 she met her soon-to-be wife...

She met Lindsey Doese-Jaggers when they were both working as security guards.

The pair got engaged in December 2013...

"I was excited to get married, as I felt it was the next step in my life and would fill the void I always felt," Rachel said.

2 years later, Lindsey got pregnant, giving birth to Raelee Doese in 2017...

"I was totally ecstatic, as I always wanted a child of my own. Although, there was a fair amount of jealousy felt, as I was envious at how close Lindsey was able to be to Raelee during the pregnancy."

Sadly, the pair separated 2 years later...

It was at this moment that Rachel took the first steps toward embracing her true identity.

She joined a transgender support group and was given the number of a doctor who specialized in the subject...

"I set an appointment with the doctor, who then gave me my hormone prescription. Once they started producing changes, I came out to all my family, friends, and co-workers," said Rachel.

As Rachel's appearance started to change, her daughter picked up on the differences...

"One day, my daughter asked me why I'm wearing makeup and I simply told her 'because I like it,' and that was the end of her questions," Rachel recalled.

"My daughter is the absolute best. She is the most accepting kid I've ever met and she is always there to give me a big hug and let me know she's here for me. I'm in awe at how truly open-minded a three-year-old can be," she added.

"Every day she tells me 'I love you' and 'you look beautiful.' I don't think I'd have the strength to be my authentic self without her," she went on.

Though Rachel calls herself a mother online, Raelee still calls her "dad."

"I respect her and let her choose what to call me," she said.

Sharing her advice for other trans parents, Rachel concluded...

"It's never too late to come out and your happiness and mental health is so important — if I can do it, anyone can."

What an inspirational woman!

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