"I think my worst time as Tina was probably still better than my happiest times before I was Tina"
As a young boy growing up in Vancouver, Canada, Tina Ross had one big wish. To be a girl.
Shee had no way of explaining why she felt different. But those differences made her withdrawn and anti-social because she could never “be herself”.
A letter wrongly addressed to “Tina Ross” was to give the young boy a name, when finally, decades later living in Western Australia she was able to make her wish come true.
I met Tina when she was asked to join in a panel discussion for media about reporting transgender. The panel was convened in the wake of former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner’s gender reassignment and coming out as Caitlyn Jenner.
Although Tina’s transition happened quite smoothly, thanks to an accepting family back in Canada and having a good job to pay the bills, she is very aware of the pitfalls of life as a transgender person.
Two years after gender reassignment surgery i