Being Trans and Facebook Memories.

was approached by samesame.com.au after I made a Facebook post about a photo from my Facebook memories. Here

Is the link the the article, followed by my original Facebook post:

http://m.samesame.com.au/features/13555/When-Facebook-says-you-have-memories-to-look-back-on-today
“3 years.

3 years is a long time to deal with something like depression.
For me I suffered for a very long time and fought hard to overcome it trying every technique I could.
Facebook memories have been an interesting walk down memory lane. It shows me some of the happiest times of my life but it also shows me the darkest. 3 years ago in this picture behind those sunglasses I wasn’t just fraying at the edges I was ripping apart at a level I couldn’t comprehend and I was unable to communicate what was wrong because I didn’t understand myself.
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. This was me.
Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.
I took the time to understand what was wrong, not just for me but for my little girls so they didn’t lose their daddy. I learned what being transgender was and still don’t fully understand it but for me this was my path and it makes sense for me. That isn’t the case for many people because they don’t understand the cause of it.
If you or someone else is suffer from any kind of depression or struggling in general please don’t ever feel you need to hide. Reach out and grab someone and hug them or cry on their shoulder if you have to. Sometimes we just can’t deal with these issues alone, I couldn’t.
If you need to reach out to services like beyondblue of send me a text and I’m sure we can have a good laugh and a hug.
I hope you all are travelling along well and have an amazing Easter Weekend xo”

Published by mishsheppard

Michelle's powerful combination of self and community shines through the platform of radio which has helped raised the public profile and national dialogue of transgender, gender diverse and intersex issues on a national scale. Surprisingly nothing is off limits with Michelle who connects with her audience brilliantly; obviously through her humor and unapologetic blunt honesty. She is often labelled as an inspiring advocate and role model for youth and adults alike and hers is a powerful story to tell. We know that when a woman has the support of her community, especially her sisters, she is unstoppable. Michelle’s wider support from the women around her, LGBTI+ or ally alike, has helped develop her own unstoppable resilience and body positive confidence that she inspires others with. Now a sought-after public speaker Michelle is admired for her bold public representation of the Transgender community as works to break through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues to ensure equality of opportunity for all Australian work spaces. Winner of the ANZ Excellence in Business Award, ‘LGBTI Jobs’ a relatively new project, they pair LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. “We’ve started a business that helps anybody who’s in the LGBTI Community. We go to companies and see what they are you doing. This isn’t just for me, this is for the entire community and we are going to make a massive change.” Michelle was recently celebrated alongside some truly amazing individuals from our community as part of the ‘The LOTL Power List 2016’ as someone who does everything in their power to make life that little bit better for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities: sometimes with blood, sweat and tears; and sometimes just by being themselves. Michelle is also a finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017. Awards Globe Awards 2016 - ANZ Excellence in Business Award The LOTL Power List 2016 (28/40) Finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017

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