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Obviously I knew I was ‘different’ when I was at primary school between the ages of 4 or 5. I was kind of aware of conformity i.e. knowing I feel like I should be doing ‘this’, when I knew I was expected to do ‘that’. But try explaining that to a 4-year-old back in 1965 when the ‘cure’ for trans issues was, to be picked up by the shoulders and given a damn good brain-rattling shaking and told to pull yourself together. Thank god for that huh? That really sorted me out. All that made me do was aspire to not let anyone have a grain of knowledge that I was transgendered.

So I pushed myself more than others in all the usual denial ‘real man’ things like rugby, weight-training, athletics, acting a like real man’s man; and when I got to employment age: construction work. Pushing through the pain barriers in sports activities was a regular thing for me. As my therapist worded it perfectly: - “Like I was trying to hurt it out of myself”. In all honesty, all that did was cause me to have crumbling vertebrae and squashed discs in my spine in later in life. I now have impingement and calciferous tendonitis in both shoulders, rendering them almost useless today. I have lost 2 inches in height due to heavy manual exercise and work, and I have occupational arthritis in both my feet, to a degree where I had to have surgery to remove it last year.

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This issue we feature our dear friend Chelsea Attonley on the front cover who we sadly lost in August of this year. This issue also includes fabulous new fashion and beauty features with Queen Bea, Shelly and Makeover Girl, Gill. We also feature a guide to dressing with lots of tips and advice to new girls just starting out. We also feature an exclusive interview with Hollyoaks Actress, Annie Wallace and our Roving Reporter reports on Essex Pride 2016 and checks out the charity Cancer is a Drag. And as promised last issue, we also include a Sparkle Special which features some amazing photos from the event, plus the stories of this year's winners of Miss Sparkle, Miss Golden Sparkle and Mr Sparkle. PLUS all our usual sections on where to go out in our Scene Guide, TV/TS Contacts, Events, readers' personal real-life stories & experiences, advice on fashion, makeup & image styling, Information, Support and so much more!.... What more do you need? With so much going on it’s no surprise that Transliving is THE go to magazine for the Cross-Dressing and Transgender community and their friends and lovers all over the world! Do you want to be featured in a future issue? Contact and who knows you could be the star of our next issue! Dive into your new TLI now!