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In Pics: Transgender Harrison's Transitioning from Female to Male

indiwo | Reuters | October 13, 2018, 9:21 am
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 For Harrison Massie, transitioning from female to male was never about trading one gender for another. Seven years ago, Harrison started his journey 'to feel more like myself.'

For Harrison Massie, transitioning from female to male was never about trading one gender for another. Seven years ago, Harrison started his journey 'to feel more like myself.' "Heaven and I had a very brief relationship, which was always more of a friendship, we went through some very hard times together," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie shaves his beard in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie shaves his beard in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "Wanting a beard was one of my first ways of letting my friends know I was going to transition. Now, I have a beautiful red beard that I am very proud of," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie and Sandra embrace at a Pride party at Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie and Sandra embrace at a Pride party at Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "It's the rarest of the rare, and the most healthy relationship I could ever hope for. We're not just partners, we're best friends. Sandra is my everything," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie and Sandra joke around in their backyard in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie and Sandra joke around in their backyard in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "It's beyond luck, karma, blessed, whatever you believe in. I've heard all the stories of people like me losing everything to be at the position I am at today. I honestly never thought I would get to this point in my life," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie poses for a photograph in the bath in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie poses for a photograph in the bath in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "I'm extremely fortunate to have the people in my life and to even have the transition I've had," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie looks in the mirror as he applies shaving foam in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie looks in the mirror as he applies shaving foam in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "I started shaving before any hair had shown itself because I wanted more to grow. Shaving is a wonderful feeling until you start actually growing hair, then it's painful and you break out (at least in my experience), but I've always wanted a beard," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie poses for a photograph in the shower at his mother's apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie poses for a photograph in the shower at his mother's apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "My mother has always supported me. Even if it took a minute I'm the favourite," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie talks with Elle and Mackenzie in Elle's apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie talks with Elle and Mackenzie in Elle's apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "I have very long-lasting friendships in my life. About nine of us have been friends for over ten years now," Harrison said. It's "very important to me because we've been through good times and very traumatic times together." (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie and his father Robbin sit together after lunch at Mission Taco in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie and his father Robbin sit together after lunch at Mission Taco in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "My dad has always been my person, I fully believe I get my strangeness and my weirdness from him," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie serves a cocktail as he works at Planter's House in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie serves a cocktail as he works at Planter's House in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "When I first started transitioning I couldn't find a job for the life of me. Anytime I tried to explain to an interviewer that my deadname (pre-transition name) wasn't the name I went by, they just got confused and wouldn't hire me," Harrison said. "Craft bartending is finally a place where I can express myself and finally be appreciated." (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie shaves Sandra's head in their bathroom in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie shaves Sandra's head in their bathroom in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "Sandra is the dream. I never thought I could actually have Sandra - she is everything I've always hoped for in a partner," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie eats breakfast with his cat in St. Louis, Missouri, US. (Image: Reuters)

Harrison Massie eats breakfast with his cat in St. Louis, Missouri, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie and Sandra embrace at their home in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie and Sandra embrace at their home in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "Sandra is the dream. I never thought I could actually have Sandra - she is everything I've always hoped for in a partner," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie poses for a photo on his bed in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie poses for a photo on his bed in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "I'm extremely fortunate to have the people in my life and to even have the transition I've had," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Harrison Massie walks along his street before sunset in St. Louis, Missouri, US.

Harrison Massie walks along his street before sunset in St. Louis, Missouri, US. "Growing up in Saint Louis shaped me as a human, in general, more than any other city could. It's truly my home," Harrison said. (Image: Reuters)

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