@ ellen V
You know ellen I walk around these days and am facinated at just how much things have changed. It is almost surreal. I now have an office on a street my Mum used to walk me as a little boy holding my hand, taking me to get a new tractor (I loved diggers and still do love watching them!). I walk those same pavements now as a woman, and see how far the path is I have travelled. Many are no longer on the path with me - their choice and I do not blame them - while others remain steadfast and loving.
45 years ago, when I was in the RAF, if I had ever been found out to be as I am I would have been arrested, dishonourable discharged and put in military prison. Not so these days where we have trans soldiers, sailors and airmen.
There are still prejudices. You can make laws but some people's behaviour will not be changed. However, most people seem to embrace this seachange of feelings and open respect for others who live different lives. I am most grateful for that opportunity and put back what I can when I can. It is so easier to give when you are whole :)