My name is Natalia and I am a male-to-female transgender person living in Switzerland.
Since my early childhood – probably age eight or nine – I was very confused about my body, more specifically about my gender. Put differently, I had a body of a boy but felt awkward in it because in spirit and mind I longed to be a girl – a feeling that has accompanied me through my adolescence and adulthood.
At the age of 40 I started, after a life-long battle with myself, the process of shifting my gender. Through this shift I am certain to find union between my body and my spirit, and to live an authentic, fulfilling and joyful life – something I have longed since the dawn of times.
I am married to my long-time friend and life-companion who I have two gorgeous sons with, and who since their birth have been a joy of our lives. My transgenderism and the pursuing gender transition have strained my marriage enormously but my partner and I are still hanging there, hoping to one day come to terms with this new, and very unusual situation. Admittedly, transcending gender divisions – even between two loving partners – is not an easy task. I do believe however that “love will prevail”.
I am a curious person, a life-long learner you could say, with wide-ranging interests and important causes I care for. These include photography, astronomy, spirituality, positive psychology, climate and environment, women’s rights, sustainability, and more… It is through these interests, among other things, that I have learned to appreciate the beauty of our physical world and the importance of our interconnectedness with it as well as with all living beings, and human beings in particular.