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I’m finally a man ...LGBT activist says sex reassignment surgery saved his life

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 1:46 AM
Neish McLean

Neish McLean wakes up a little bit happier these days. The 34-year-old Jamaican lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist, who was born a female, is now embracing his life as a trans man after undergoing successful top surgery, as part of his gender reassignment procedure. 
Born and living in Kingston before moving to Portmore at age 10 years with his parents and two siblings, McLean said he pretty much grew up as a tomboy and was always certain of his sexuality. 
“Growing up, I always preferred to play with boys. The freest times of my life were when I was outdoors just being a kid. I was not seen as my sex or my gender, I was just a kid, but I did realise that the boys didn’t like when I beat them at rollerblading. I think a lot of individual moments came together to define who I was as a person. I knew who I was attracted to, internally I knew who I was, but I came to a point where I realised that the external world didn’t see me as I saw myself,” McLean shared with The Sunday Gleaner in a sit-down interview last week.

See his story in today's print edition of The Sunday Gleaner or in the epaper.