I've contemplated this post for a while. And if not now, then when? So here it is, I am transitioning. I have been on testosterone for 6 months ad I am 8 months post top surgery. Some of you already know, and I am sure some of you have been catching on. What does that mean? It means I am transgendered and I identify as being male. I have always identified as being male. This is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. Growing up and through my adulthood I have never felt comfortable as a girl. This was a decision that I had been thinking about for years. I finally realized that in order to live my life and be happy this was something I had to do. What does this mean for you? All I am asking is for you to accept me, support me, and love me for the person I am. I am still the same person only I will look like the reflection I see myself as everyday when I wake up. There are a couple of ways you can start to support me.
First, I have decided to drop my given birth name and will go by Elliot Dean Chow. I would appreciate when being addressed you used the name Elliot (or Chow for those of you who already call me by my last name). Second, feminine pronouns are no longer valid s please use he/his/him when referring to me. I know this is all very new and strange for you and it is also new territory for me too. This was the easiest decision I’ve had to make in my life and I hope that all of you choose to include me in your lives too. I’m still me so if you see me on the streets, at the box, on the mat on a bike, or at the store say hello and I’ll give you a high five!