Glenn C. Koenig
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Title: First Time Author Finds New Gender Identity Later in Life
Arlington, Mass. 16 October 2017 — When Glenn Koenig first stepped out in public wearing a dress, he was afraid others might react negatively. He needn’t have worried; he began receiving spontaneous compliments almost right away. Now, he’s published a book about his experiences.
In the book, “a man wearing a dress,” he looks back to his childhood to find clues that foreshadowed his current identity shift. Born male and raised in New England, Koenig struggled to conform to the narrowly defined male culture of the times. While attending Goddard College in the 1970s, he began studying gender issues, but after graduation his focus turned to pursuing his career.
Later on, after turning 50, he realized that he still had questions regarding his own gender identity. Thinking he might be transgender, he briefly tried presenting as a woman, but that left him with more questions. “I realized that living as a woman didn’t seem authentic to me, so I had to chart a new course for myself,” he says. “I realized I had a strong feminine side as well as a masculine one, so I looked for ways to present both to the world.”
Over time, he began to wear clothes traditionally worn by women, but leave his body intact, even maintaining a trim beard. “I feel as if I’ve finally come home,” he says, of his newly found sense of himself. “Going out in the world this way, I have had the most fascinating conversations,” he reports. “My goal is to find a way to love everyone, regardless of identity or circumstances,” he says.
The book includes his life story, reflections on gender, an optimistic commentary on the future, and even some poetry. It is now available online and in bookstores everywhere. For more information, visit www.messagerain.com/books
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