Celebrated fashion stylist, Letoya Johnstone recently opened up about her life as a transgender and the struggles she has been through identifying herself as a female. Speaking during an interview with Massawe Japani, Letoya revealed that despite being brought up by her parents who fishmongers, she was always interested in school and not being a fisherman. She also revealed that her parents hoped that she would change in the future, however, when she didn’t, they accepted her for who she was.
“When you are a kid they think it is a phase that will pass, but when they see that even up to high school you still identify as the female gender, your family is not an issue they let you be. Now the issue is the neighbors and society at large, they attack your parents saying they have failed in raising me. If society was kinder, we would be okay and in return, my parents wouldn’t be ashamed,” she recounted.
Letoya went on to explain her sexuality saying that even though she was born female, her thoughts and behavior are that of a female. She acknowledged that often people tend to judge her from her physical appearance despite the fact that she views gender as more mental and genetic than physical.
“I’m a woman. I was born male but my thoughts and manner are female. People only see the outside and it is hard because people judge based on that. Gender is mental and genetic not the gender you are assigned at birth. I’m a woman born in the wrong body. I’m a transgender woman.” Letoya explained.
Despite identifying herself as a female, Letoya does not intend to transform his physical appearance to that of a woman, and here is why.
“I haven’t used any medicine to transform myself. Not all transgender go for surgeries to change. People confuse us with intersex and gay people because society focuses on organs to choose gender. I’m transgender and heterosexual but I’m single. I buy my own diamonds,” she said.
She went on to reveal that she has never been in a relationship because usually, her sexuality scares people as they can not tell who she is. However, over the years she has accepted herself just the way she is and that she does not crave to be loved by someone else.
“I have never dated. People tend to be scared because they don’t know who I am. I’m not able to get somebody to claim me, but I have made peace with it and I love and appreciate myself and don’t need anyone to tell me who I am,” Letoya disclosed.