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Hants' Faces Friday: Rachelle Pickles


WINDSOR — Today we launch a new online feature highlighting members of our community: their strength, challenges and humanity.

Meet  Rachelle Pickles

“Self acceptance is huge. I’ve come such a long way in the last two years. I had a really good mentor in my life who picked me up from a really dark place. Picked me up from the ditch, shook me out, found out that he had a gem and just needed to chip away at it and polish it up and I came forth.”

“Eight years ago, actually nine years ago, I sat at my kitchen table, I had a handgun, five rounds on the table and one round in the chamber and I played Russian roulette for half an hour. That was the day I found out I was transgender and I didn’t realize I was trans; I didn’t have the vocabulary at that time. I felt that my entire life was a facade and that I was living a lie and couldn’t live with myself any longer. That’s when I decided to transition. Transitioning, the first six months, depending on what your transition is like, is a party time. Then after that — life starts to settle in and you realize, oh my God, I’m transitioning and I can’t even accept myself because I don’t know who I am.”

“You rip your whole self-identity down to nothing, even beyond the bare bones, and then you build it up again. That takes time. Every trans person I know hits rock bottom. It doesn’t matter if they’re a trans man, a trans woman, gender queer or anything else, everybody hits rock bottom. Only at that point, that’s when their life starts turning around.”

We'll have a new Faces Friday feature next week.

Meet  Rachelle Pickles

“Self acceptance is huge. I’ve come such a long way in the last two years. I had a really good mentor in my life who picked me up from a really dark place. Picked me up from the ditch, shook me out, found out that he had a gem and just needed to chip away at it and polish it up and I came forth.”

“Eight years ago, actually nine years ago, I sat at my kitchen table, I had a handgun, five rounds on the table and one round in the chamber and I played Russian roulette for half an hour. That was the day I found out I was transgender and I didn’t realize I was trans; I didn’t have the vocabulary at that time. I felt that my entire life was a facade and that I was living a lie and couldn’t live with myself any longer. That’s when I decided to transition. Transitioning, the first six months, depending on what your transition is like, is a party time. Then after that — life starts to settle in and you realize, oh my God, I’m transitioning and I can’t even accept myself because I don’t know who I am.”

“You rip your whole self-identity down to nothing, even beyond the bare bones, and then you build it up again. That takes time. Every trans person I know hits rock bottom. It doesn’t matter if they’re a trans man, a trans woman, gender queer or anything else, everybody hits rock bottom. Only at that point, that’s when their life starts turning around.”

We'll have a new Faces Friday feature next week.

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