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I’ve lived in Belfast all my life. grew up in Andersonstown and went to an all-boys primary school.

There’s no real answer to when I first started to feel didn’t identify with my assigned gender. It was something that was really gradual. I came across the word trans when was about 15 but knew before then.

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