Transgender was convincing as a man, but Jesus restored her womanhood

Duncan as a man

By Mark Ellis

From her earliest memories growing up in Hillsboro, Oregon, KathyGrace Duncan wanted to be a boy. A painful home life reinforced her inclinations, but after she became a follower of Jesus, He led her gently by the hand to a place of healing and wholeness.

“At the age of four, I had the desire to live as a boy,” Duncan recounts. “As I continued to grow up, the desire never left me, it grew stronger.”

She fought with her mother when she wanted to clothe Duncan in a dress. “I would cry and kick and scream,” she recalls.

Her father was verbally and emotionally abusive to her mother. As she witnessed the abuse through a child’s eyes, she concluded that women are hated, weak and vulnerable.

Oh my gosh, I don’t want to grow up and be treated like that, she thought.

When she was seven-years-old, a little brother came along. “I watched my dad adore him. That gave me another message to get affection and affirmation I had to be a boy.” She felt that men were superior, and a boy could easily replace a girl in her father’s affections.

Duncan attended a junior high dance at a friend’s school. “We said we were brothers so I would dance with girls. My hair was real short. I hadn’t developed very much. I didn’t have to hide a whole lot.”

At 19, she moved out of the house and decided to embrace life as a transgender man. “I found a doctor who treated me with hormones and I began to change over.” To complete the transformation, she had a double-mastectomy, but she never had surgery to change her “plumbing.”

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