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Ms Fanny Ler, a human resources executive who was Mr Frankie Ler until 2010, when she completed her gender reassignment surgery after a three-year process.
'We are not freaks of nature': Singapore transgender woman

in SINGAPORE, 17/09/2013

When she was 10 years old and growing up as a boy, she was already dressing up in her sister's clothes. "I thought I was a freak then," said Ms Fanny Ler. She suppressed her feelings, fearing a backlash about her cross-dressing urges.

In 1997, Ms Ler, who was still a man, fell in love with a woman and got married. The couple got divorced in 2008. They have a daughter who lives with her mother.
Ms Ler said the divorce was unrelated to her transition. She said: "(My former wife) didn't even know that I had such thoughts at all."

But it was also around that time that Ms Ler learnt from the Internet that she might be suffering from gender identity disorder, a medical condition in which a person does not identify with the sex they were assigned with at birth. "I realised that I was not alone." She decided to go for a sex-change operation after learning more about it from websites and forums.

After a three-year process, she completed her gender reassignment surgery in 2010.

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