Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Cressida Silver

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Cressida Silver identifies as a lesbian transgender woman and was assigned male at birth. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she has sisters. She realized from the young age of 4 or 5 that she wanted to be around girls and to wear dresses and tight jeans. In high school she experimented with cross-dressing, trying on her mom’s dress skirt, blouses, bras, and heels. She played sports and had a basketball hoop and a bike. She then moved to Roseville, Minnesota in 1987. Her dad was a detective in law enforcement, and her parents divorced after she graduated college. She knew there wasn’t something right about herself, a constant feeling of being uncomfortable and feeling alone and isolated. She was a class clown, but it felt like it was a performance. She excelled in school and played soccer, hiding behind those activities. In college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin in 1998, she discovered the term transsexual online and realized that was her. She has a master’s in Technical Communication. She’s experienced catcalling, getting called a faggot and some other mutterings and looks from people. She got engaged and came out in 2006 to her fiancée and her parents who were accepting. She went to PHS or the Program in Human Sexuality where she got on hormone replacement therapy. She also had breast augmentation surgery. She is now married to a cisgender lesbian woman and is expecting a baby boy through utero insemination. She’s volunteered at a Pride Parade through her employer.

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