Hi Sara, I want to offer comfort from the other side of the gender looking glass.
Phil
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Phil,

Hello and thank you for your encouragement. It is good to know that I’m not alone. I’ve been considering writing another post now that a couple more baby steps have been taken. However, I’ve also been fighting my yearly battle with depression, so writing is only coming in spurts.

My family, and my home town in which they reside is not known for its open mindedness and I don’t expect that to change. I can only be the best sibling I can and accept whatever is to be.

As for the “completely fake" name, that’s only really a half truth, though the origin could be a Medium article of its own. But I don’t like my “real” name, so I chose this as most representative of whoever and whatever I am.

Thanks again for the kind response. I was sorta retraumatized by the election, but I think tomorrow I’ll actually work on a couple of the drafts I started before.