AN IRISH transgender woman has shared her coming out story on Twitter.
Aoife Martin, 46, from Co. Louth has been out to friends and Twitter followers for some time. This week she took the step of coming out to her sister via text. She shared the exchange with her Twitter followers.
In the short text exchange, Aoife’s sister admits she knew about her sister’s change in identity and asked what name she was now using, when told of her sister’s new name she responded with ‘Hello Aoife’.
The exchange has been shared on the social media site nearly 500 times.
— Aoife Martin (@aoifemrtn) May 31, 2016
Speaking to The Irish Post Aoife said: “I'd been thinking of coming out to my sister for a while now. I was already out to my GP and counsellor as well as several close friends. So, after thinking about it for some time - months, not weeks - I decided to tell my sister. I had a feeling she'd be sympathetic but it's not always easy to tell.”
She hopes her story and the positive response will help other trans people in Ireland to take similar steps.
“I don't feel I'm necessarily changing any attitudes in Ireland, but I do think that every positive representation of trans people that we see, whether it be online or in the media, makes it that little bit easier for the next trans person coming along and struggling with their identity.”