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Liam Klenk

Born in 1971 as a “little boy stuck inside the body of a girl”, Liam Klenk has lived and worked all over the world as a photographer, aquatic performer and production manager. Here he tells us about his first book, Paralian: Not Just Transgender, and of his experiences with adoption, identity and the positive side of life as a transgender man.

SELF-MADE MAN

In my case, I knew when I was a little kid. I knew instinctively and whenever I had the chance I just went up to people and introduced myself to other kids as a boy. I was always happiest if people couldn’t tell where I’m from; if they couldn’t really know who I was; if they couldn’t really tell what I was. I like to catch people off-balance or surprise them. My parents were always a bit confused!

I only fully understood who I was by accidentally picking up a book with short stories about transgender people. Up until then, I thought maybe I was just plain nuts, or maybe there was something wrong with me emotionally. I worried that I couldn’t feel anything. Everything felt wrong. Looking down at myself, I had the most enormous boobs and it was like: ‘Ah! What is that?’ I had no idea what to do and, of course, everybody tells you: ‘It’s normal. You’re a teenager and you’ll grow into it, so just relax.’

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