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Grapevine : February 2011
From October 2008 IWA S born in 1946, in the small town of Homestead, outside Pittsburgh, Penn- sylvania, and was named Richard. Everyone knew me and my parents well, and it was here that I started my journey of three lives: the first as an alcoholic, not yet fully developed; the second as the male whom society accept- ed, if I behaved myself; and the third as the fe- male inside me, whom many people to this day condemn. You see, I am a transgendered male to female. In my childhood, my parents drank. My mother would have a drink now and then, and my father was an alcoholic, in my opinion. As an only child, I tried to live up to everyone's expectations. I would say to myself that I'd never get as bad as my father. When I was nine years old, my par- ents went their separate ways because of my father's drinking. In my teen WHO I WAS AND WHOIAMNOW A transgendered alcoholic's search for self SOBER AND OUT ILLUSTRATION BY LACEY L. 28 February 2011