Today I realized that I am indeed a male to female transgender individual. My gender incongruity has been a lifelong problem for me, and has had an enormous negative impact on my quality of life and on every single facet of my life, including professional and personal relationships.
Being born into the wrong gender has caused me to live a life of depression and anxiety, for which there is only one definitive cure; I need to start living my life as authentically and honestly as possible, and in doing so, accept that one cannot change their personality or gender identity, and thus will need to learn to adapt and grow as a person.
Starting today, I am beginning the process of transitioning from my birth gender of male, to female, socially, legally, medically, and surgically. I am thankful for my wife, Amelia, and my entire family who are all supporting me with my decision. I am trying to make this process as seamless as possible, so please continue to refer to me as my birth name of Thomas (which happens to originally be a name for girls), though female pronouns are preferred.