Maxine: I asked myself this question, Do I ever want to be perceived as a male? And the answer was an immediate No. It’s just too real. I’m still her father, I’m just a woman and a dad. I am a caregiver for my partner, Melissa, my boobs are 2200 cc’s. I sometimes wonder if I want to go bigger. So these are my hormones. This is a testosterone blocker that a lot of trans women end up on. helps us increase our oestrogen levels, trying to get the T out and the E in. Been about a year and a half, that I’ve been taking my hormones. I am planning on getting bottom surgery. basically, you have the testicles removed. my doctors told me if I get those removed, she can probably lower my dosage of testosterone blockers or take me off it completely. And less medication is of course, always preferred And yeah, I have zero attachment to those girls so they can go. You know, I’m a big girl, so I just down them all at once. It just changed everything in a way that I could never have anticipated. It has made a world of difference in the way I feel. My name is Maxine. I am a transgender woman. And I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. My mother really wanted me to join the military, I was raised in a very sheltered conservative household. Where’s Afghanistan? Honestly don’t have very fond memories of my experiences there. I was in a culture that did not accept me. This picture one of the last pictures of me before I committed to my transition and I wasn’t happy. You can … see it, I can see it. So my boobs, they are 2200 cc’s, each. somewhere in the neighbourhood of a 42 double J. I couldn’t be happier with the results that I got from my breast augmentation. Maxine: Why this big? I see this as something empowering that exaggeration of the feminine, and what it represents. Bob Ross is always talks about it being relaxing. Yeah, I kind of feel that. It’s a way of me expressing my femininity in a way that’s right up front and really obvious. When I started cross dressing, I was still in the military. The way they wanted their men to behave was very specific. And I was not at all that kind a person. Like if I was Mia’s age now, With all the information that’s available now on the internet, I probably would have done this a lot sooner. She came out when she was nine, because, she was surrounded by so many positive influences Alexa, turn off the kitchen light. Mia: Being bisexual and having a transgender parent around helped immensely. Maxine: We can finish the season. Oh my God. Mia: If my dad had never transitioned, I probably would not have come out as soon as I did. I don’t think I would have been able to do that without the other LGBTQ figure in my life, who, you know I knew was going to love me no matter what Maxine: She and I are so similar. We have such a unique personal relationship. Because of how similar our brains work. Mia: There was never any need for me to change what I called my dad because my dad always You know, “I fathered you.” So you can continue to call me by that name. Maxine: I see no reason why a trans man couldn’t be a mother and a trans woman couldn’t be a father. I’m still her father. I’m just a woman and a dad. People have sometimes assumed that I am attracted to men because I’m female now. or people approach me online, going “Oh, do you have a boyfriend? Do you have a husband” and it’s like I’m gay. Maxine: Its just too real. I’m a caregiver for my partner. Really big common misconception comes from the nature of my relationship with Melissa. No, nobody wants to assume that we’re a couple. I can kiss her in public and people looking at us like trying to understand what this means and how does this happen? Melissa: I have muscular dystrophy. I met Maxine through one of my good friends in high school. Maxine: This is Melissa and I on graduation day. We go way back Maxine: We’re going to Mission Beach, to roll around on the boardwalk. Maxine: I’m not dressing this way to blend in I present to stand out. Maxine: It’s so hard to go that slow. Mia: I saw my dad and that’s how I see her. Maxine: Chocolate vanilla swirl in the ice cream bowl. Mia: It’s really just everyone else’s perception of who she is that changes people’s opinion. Maxine: There are always haters, there are always people that love to share their opinions. That’s their opinion. They can have it. this is your struggle, not mine.