In 2018, Thanh, then 20, had two gender confirmation surgeries to augment her breasts and make changes to her genitalia. Thanh says she was comfortable about openly expressing her sexuality. But she never wanted her parents to learn how much pain and loneliness she felt on her journey to find her true self.Throughout adolescence she simply thought she was a gay man, albeit never feeling comfortable about having a male body. She only learned of transgender people in middle school, when she realized she was a woman on the inside.She fell in love with a boy in her neighborhood, but never dared to confess her feelings due to her male body. It was then that she resolved to become a true woman inside and out. Once she did, she thought, she would put on her best dress to tell him how she felt.That day took nearly a decade.”The boy back then was the biggest motivation for me to undergo gender confirmation,” she says.But a complete surgery cost at least VND150 million ($6,467), and she did not want to borrow money from her parents or siblings, believing it would only be “worth it” if she paid from her own pocket.So she… Read full this story
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