Welcome to Home Group

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. By continuing to browse this site, you give consent for cookies to be used. For more details, please read our cookie policy.

Skip to content

15th June, 2022 |

5 minutes

“We are strongest as a community”

Gabriel Naismith (xe/xyr/xyrself and they/them/theirs)

Get to know Gabriel, an administrator for business support in Scotland. Read about their journey and how they started to feel confident as their true selves.

I am Jewish, disabled, queer, neurodivergent and non-binary.

I love being non-binary, it’s who I am. I didn’t know trans people existed until the middle of my teens. I would sneak online at night to read about hormone treatments and surgeries. I tried to imagine what I could look like. But something in their stories didn’t quite match up with me. I found a small group talking about being non-binary, how it didn’t have a certain look and how I could be whoever I wanted. I started to experiment with how I looked, what pronouns I used and to gain confidence.

I came out at 19 and it caused a huge rift at home. I was homeless and trying to navigate the Gender Identity Clinic. They did not recognise non-binary people. I struggled with depression and anxiety, and an eating disorder. I would obsessively check my body to see if it was masculine enough.

I was rejected for hormone replacement therapy. This was because my career goal to be a veterinary nurse was seen as too feminine. It’s taken me a long time to fully accept who I am. Exploring how gender roles are forced on us changed my career aspirations.

I got involved with young trans people’s projects. I started to dress how I wanted and correct people using the wrong pronouns. I stopped apologising for who I am. Being a trans person in the current climate is tough; it can feel like the world is against us.

I try to be visible with my identity because I never want anybody to feel as alone as I did when I was younger, and because I’m so immensely proud of who I am.

I hope sharing my story will encourage others to know they don’t have to compromise themselves at work. We are strongest as a community.

 

Help us improve our website. Did you find this web page useful?

Thank you for your anonymous feedback about our website. If you need help with a non-website issue please use our get in touch option.

Please add your comments below: