I met Wen-Yue through Rotary services a few years ago. What’s more special is that I accompany her to go through the second half of her new life. It is a very special life experience for both me and her and thence we develop a good friendship.
I live simply, and thought conservative. Although I have opposed her on surgery issues, however I did always support and be with her all the way these days. It’s pleased for me after she has gone through so much, living a fulfilling daily life now and especially her life dreams all become true!
Today, it’s glad to be invited by TG and TGOR to share PP Wen-Yue’s life story、 active life attitute、and the spirit to pursue soul growth . I believe that her story will encourage many hesitant and direction unclear friends.
Would you please introduce yourself?
Thank you！ I am Wen-Yue Huang from Taiwan, born in 1963, 58 years old.
I am a married female transgender and I have 3 daughters, They are 18, 24, and 27 otherwise I still have a marriage relationship with my original spouse.
I joined Rotary Club as a male in 1998, as Club President of Rotary 100th anniversary in 2004-05, and as Rotary International District 3480 Assistant Governor in 2015-16. I served many important positions during my 22 years of Rotary career.
In spring of year 2019, I successfully switched my gender to be female by surgery. For some reason, I convert to the Rotary Club of Taipei Nanlung.
In the past 4 years, I was responsible to assist District 3481 Rotarians to use the Rotary website： to discover, to learn and to join the mission of Rotary. By the way Personally, I also use web tool to join the Rotary LGBT.
I wondered what you just said that You still have a marriage relationship with your original wife. Would you please explain more about your current situation and growth background?
I am indeed married and my family is happy. Under the influence of my father, I chose to be a civil engineer professionally, and I owned my business for almost 30 years. 2 years ago, I passed the admission examination of graduate institute. I am about to obtain a master’s degree in the near future and will keep going to study for PhD.
I pay attention to my health and love sports very seriously. There are some fixed hours for my physical training lessons weekly.
I also learn dance with many Rotarians. What all I do is to integrate into the society actively.
I participated in Rotary charity activities all the time, to be the level-2 of Major Donor, and the level-1 Bequest Donor of the Rotary foundation. That「Continuous Donation in my rest life.」is my promise.
Although everybody will get old, I still hope that I will keep challenge myself to rich my life.
Can you talk about the social situation in Taiwan and your feelings?
Today, most people understand that differences in gender identity are not a disease.
This is common in human society.
It is as common as political identity and belief.
Although younger generation gradually adopt an open attitude towards LGBT groups nowadays, but they are still awfully slow overall. Hatred, oppressive and so on always happen. These have never disappeared in my experiences so far, in hence I have to hide myself often.
Although I always feel suffering and injured, but transsexual is the way what I have to for my loyalty to myself.
The world has been changed. Today, in my country, “same-sex marriages” and “people with different gender identities” have been protected by legislation. Compared with other countries, my society is more friendly.
Would you please talk about how you made choices and actions?
I prefer to value without personal subjective consciousness and consider everything from both the legal and the family aspects.
I re-examined my mind again and again with assistances of two psychologists, the evaluation for more than a year. Afterwards, internally： to communicate with my family to get understanding. External：to change roles in a gradual manner then step by step to integrate into society meanwhiles.
Finally, can you give some advice to people of similar situations like you?
If you are hesitant and helpless, it’s recommended that you may seek professional consultants. It will be the best choice to get assistance from relevant volunteer groups of your country or region initiatively.