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The Guardian
31 mins | May 13, 2020

'I just want to see the person I always saw in my head': the story of a face

How a trans woman found her sense of self again. Facial feminisation surgery is a reconstructive procedure that has made a greater difference to many trans-women’s lives than other operations. But the sought after surgery costs tens of thousands of pounds and is not available on the NHS in most of the UK. In this powerful piece, Jenny Kleeman, in the Guardian, follows Sophia Drake’s arduous and costly search for the surgery. “'Outwardly I was this confused, shy, reserved young adult. But internally, the person I wanted to be was very different.' She found that internal person impossible to suppress. 'That was natural, that was innate, that was me. This,' — she splayed her palms across her face — 'that people saw, was the mask. I didn’t want to live as a fake person.'”

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