October 21, 2008

Changing Sex-the story of Donna Gee

Posted in Social Issues tagged , , , , at 9:51 pm by poison ivyyy

Exclusive Donna Gee told poison ivyyy her story

“For the first 50 years of my life I hid the real ‘me’ from the world. I was a married father of two, but secretly I’d wanted to be a woman. When I was growing up in the 60s I presumed I was a transvestite. I’d secretly dress in my stepmother’s clothes and it felt wonderful, I wanted the feeling to last forever.”

Gerry Greenberg made his way into sports journalism at a time when Sir John Junor was the editor of the Sunday Express in London’s Fleet Street.

He began his career at the age of 16, back in 1961, and has been able to build up an impressive resume since then.

Up to this day Gerry has worked for the Pontypridd Observer in South Wales, the Sunday Express, the Daily Express, Daily Star, the Sun, the Daily Mirror, the People and the Metro.

Gerry in his element as sports reporter with boxer Chris Eubank

Gerry in his element as sports reporter with boxer Chris Eubank

Even though he had a steadily progressing career and a very fulfilling home and family life, not everything was as golden as it appeared.

Gerry Greenberg, was living a secret double life!

The new me

Gerry, or now, Donna Gee came to terms with her transsexuality in 1997, said that she was always very keen on sports.

“I became a sports desk executive, reporter and columnist, covering football and rugby for a string of top selling tabloids, I couldn’t have chosen a more macho environment.

I grew a beard, but it was just a desperate attempt to hide my desire to change sex.”

Donna’s gender change obviously didn’t go unnoticed and although her family including her wife of 37 years, her children and her grandchildren were standing 100% behind her and always supported her in every possible way, not everyone was as keen to see what happened to ‘Gerry‘.

“At the time of my transition I was a deputy editor of a weekly group of newspapers in Manchester, I would say that half a dozen of my colleges made my changeover difficult.

Fighting for acceptance

One or two would not look me in the face, while one woman objected to my using the ladies’ loo- she actually walked out of the office for that.

It was very difficult for people to adapt to seeing me, someone they have known for years, suddenly appearing in a different gender.”

Donna now the woman she always wanted to be

Donna now the woman she always wanted to be

Donna, who still works for The People as a Saturday sports sub and page editor and freelances for the London Metro, made it her task to help those transsexuals who are less fortunate than her.

“For many male-to-female transsexuals, making the change is a compulsion.

It‘s a choice of becoming a woman or not living at all, and more than a few lives have ended tragically because of the non-acceptance.”

She runs a 24/7 e-mail support service, for those who have no one to talk to or are ashamed by what is happening to them.

“In my eyes, those who survive such a torment are the bravest of the bravest. I admire them profusely and if by being open I can help them achieve the same respect from society as anyone else, I count my blessings, I feel my life change has been a success.”

If you want more information, or are looking for support email Donna at Donna773@aol.com