I have to start somewhere - although I don't really know where. Do I start at the point where I hated wearing girl's clothes when I was a kid? Do I start with the running battles I had with my mother about what I was going to wear? I'm wanting to lay it all out - explain it all, even though at some point it's unexplainable.
First, I'll give you a little background to get you oriented. I'm 57 (I'll be 58 in about a week.) I've lived for 35 of those years as a lesbian, and lived what I might say was "to be determined" before that. I never considered myself straight, really. I grew up in a different age. Straight was the default, you didn't think about it much, until you had to.
Gender has always been complex for me - ever since the beginning, but it has gotten more and more complex as I've gotten older. No, let me revise that. I have gotten clearer and clearer about the complexities of gender inside of me. I've never had the narrative that I was a "man stuck in a woman's body." That said, there is a man in my body, and has been since the beginning. He's not alone in there, but he's there. And he's been in the background of my life for a long time.
And not. I've dressed in men's clothing (including underwear) since I could buy my own clothes. I haven't bought an item of women's clothing in over 30 years. There are other ways that I express male gender, and I'll dive into that later.
This blog is meant to be a chronicle of a big change I'm going through. After living as a woman for my entire adult life, I'm considering living as a man. It's a scary process, as well as a damned exciting one.
Where am I now? In some ways, I'm at the very beginning. In other ways, I'm toward the end of a lifetime arc. And I'll be here, writing about it.
For now, this is anonymous. The name of this blog, Maxwell Pearl, is the name I've chosen for myself as a man. I don't know that I'll legally change my name, but if I do, that's the name I've chosen. Maxwell B. Pearl, to be exact. The 'B' is still to be determined.
So if you happen across this blog, who I am besides a 50-something-person, and a few other details I've shared, will be a mystery. I want to have a chance to write about this publicly, but not personally. When I'm ready, I will attach this blog to my own online presence.
If you know me, and are here because I've pointed you here, feel totally free to share this with others if you are so moved, but please don't tell anyone who I am. I appreciate the space and time to talk about this process without it being connected to me.
[UPDATE: As I have now come out as Trans, this is totally public. Feel free to share it with attribution.]
I'll probably be weaving between the past and the present, and perhaps the future. I don't know how this is going to unfold, in the same way as I don't know how my own process is going to unfold.