I'm Kate, a Chinese-Canadian transwoman living in Toronto. My life is full of striking dualities: often I'm a girl, but sometimes I'm a boy (I like both, so don't make me choose); I'm shy but also chatty; I'm a science geek (with background in physics, math & a Ph.D. in engineering, but for the love of God, please don't call me a nerd) and an artsy musician (freelance violinist and teacher); I'm a serious intellectual and a fun-loving flirt; I'm very intelligent, but do the dumbest things. All the time! I am very proud to say that I am also a volunteer outreach worker, working sex-trade workers on most weekends at (very late) night.
Growing up in Hong Kong and Vancouver, I've wanted to be a girl all my life, even as a child. One of my favourite past time was raiding Mom's closet and trying out her wonderful dresses. As I grew up, I wanted to know what it feels like to be a normal girl. In 1999 I started outwardly exploring my feminine side, first by buying an entire wardrobe of feminine clothes, then I started attending night classes at the university "incognito". After moving to Toronto, I began spending the majority of my time as a woman. What a liberating feeling it was!
These days you can find me often roaming on the streets of downtown Toronto, but you probably won't find me in those fancy dresses in my pictures, unless it's a girls' night out with friends. Fancy dresses are sexy and nice, but they can't beat the comfort of wearing a t-shirt and yoga pants. Besides, who says you can't be sexy and feminine wearing pants?
If you want to find out more about me, I maintain a modest presence on the internet. Aside from the popular social-media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr) to keep in touch with the rest of the TG community, I also write a blog and keep a personal gallery. If you can find me, drop me a line!
Click on Katie’s portrait below to go to her Flickr page. Click here to go to Katie’s website.