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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in FINLAND...
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ftm (user currently living in FINLAND) posted for transgender readers on 02/02/2011 tagged with gender identity
I'm a ftm transsexual living in Finland. In Finland we need a trans-diagnosis from a doctor to (more easyly) get threatments and juridical changes. There are only two doctors in the country who can give the diagnosis. I tried to get it but was denied because i have depression. I then started taking testosterone on my own. I tried to get my name changed without a doctors recomendation but was denied. I complained to the court and am now waiting for their decicion. It's very hard living with these official documents.

Two years ago i was in a psychiatric hospital because my depression. They told me i'm a girl all the time, tried to force me to use the womens bathroom, called me with my official womens name and sometimes they even laughed when i said i'm not a girl. I know other transsexuals with the same experiences from psychiatric hospitals from recent years. They tell people they will never get hormones and force ftm's to use dresses. This happens mostly to people under 18 and noone seems to care.
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