A North East student has opened up about her struggles as a baby as she found she was transgender.
Sebrina Fatz, who’s learning on the University of Sunderland, was born Sebastian.
Along along with her mum, dad and older sister, Sebrina moved from Bydgoszcz in northern Poland to Thirsk, North Yorkshire, when she was 5 years old.
Growing up available in the market city, she all the time was conscious that she was completely different to different little boys.
“It was by no means made that large a deal of,” she says. “My mom knew I wasn’t like different kids my age, however that is simply the way in which it was.”
At college, and regardless of encouragement from her dad, Sebrina by no means fitted in with the boys, their golf equipment or their video games, realizing she had nothing in frequent with them.
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She mentioned: “I could be known as ‘homosexual’ and was mainly bullied due to who I was. I guess I grew a thick pores and skin fairly shortly.”
But all by way of her college years, Sebrina knew there was one thing extra, one thing lacking from her life that she must tackle.
She mentioned: “I knew I was interested in males, however I additionally knew I would by no means be in a homosexual relationship.
“I suppose for many years I isolated myself and denied that I was transgender as a result of I did not need to take care of the implications I felt that may convey.”
As she moved from secondary college to school, Sebrina found extra about transgender points by way of the web.
“But it was by no means actually about discovering a group,” she recollects. “It was all the time extra about discovering myself, about seeing that trans individuals could lead on comfortable, profitable, fulfilling lives.”
Sebrina, now 19, utilized and bought accepted onto a beauty science programme on the college. The course mixed her curiosity in sciences along with her ardour for being artistic.
It was whereas at college, on February 20, 2020, that Sebrina made a video discussing her plans to transition, which she then posted on YouTube.
She mentioned: “I should say, the suggestions I acquired was so constructive and supportive. I knew I needed to let individuals know however I did not need to should go round telling everybody on a regular basis.
“I typically ponder whether that was the simple possibility, ought to I have taken the time to sit down down with individuals? But I simply comprehend it was the most effective factor for me at that time.”
Sebrina appeared into the prices of transitioning, a course of which she is now at the moment going by way of.
“I’m one yr into my medical transition, involving hormone substitute remedy,” she added.
“I do really feel like a burden has been lifted. Really, ever since I accepted my true self, life has been a lot simpler in comparison with these many troublesome years.
“It’s nonetheless very early days for me, I’m going by way of this as we communicate and it is onerous to have an general perspective.
“I know that I’m in a a lot happier place now and I know that most people I have met and are available into contact with have been extremely useful and supportive.”
And the longer term? “I know I do not actually need to rely on different individuals,” she says. “Life has taught me to work onerous and I need to achieve success and to have good issues.
“If different likes, like companions and households, come alongside, then that can occur all in its personal time.”