“Liberated, relieved”: France Daigle lifts the veil on her transidentity

“Liberated, relieved”: France Daigle lifts the veil on her transidentity

it’s during the conference deconstruct gender which he presented on Friday that France Daigle shared that although he continues to use the feminine pronoun, he also identifies as male. Identification is paramount for me, personally.she says.

It was always something that I knew somewhereshe says. One two Three, then, finally we find the drawing. It had the dots, but the dots weren’t numbered.”,”text”:”It was a picture that you draw with the dots, one two three, then you end up finding the picture. It had the dots, but the dots had no number.”}}”>It was a drawing that you draw with the dots, one, two, three, and then you end up finding the drawing. It had the dots, but the dots weren’t numbered.

It took France Daigle 40 years to succeed in find his drawing.

Of course, the last decade was more revealing than the others.she points out. well, well, what is there, in the background?“,”text”:”Finally, I had arrived in front of a kind of wall, where I said to myself, well well, what’s down there?”}}”>Finally, I had arrived in front of a kind of wall, where I told myself well, well, what is there, in the background?

It was then that France Daigle decided to use the services of psychology to better understand what was going on inside her. There was an absolute necessity to put the numbers on the dotsshe illustrates.

France Daigle during the presentation of her exhibition my art projectin 2018.

Photo: Radio-Canada

She met a psychoanalyst who helped her a lot in her approach.

However, it was during a school meeting with students from northern New Brunswick that France Daigle had an epiphany of sorts, following exchanges with young people and speakers. Going to the scene as a spokesperson, the roles were reversed, for a moment.

I got there, I almost understood more things than I knew before.she says. I was more surprised than the others.

From one moment to the next, her trans identity became clear.

Agoraphobia, literature and transidentity

In her works, France Daigle has often dealt with the subject of agoraphobia, a disorder she suffers from.

In retrospect, she now realizes the direct link between her fear of public places and the transience that she had not yet identified in her at the time of writing her novels.

How could I be right in the world, on the outside, if I wasn’t right on the inside?she says. I well understood that I could not feel well, but I did not have the necessary elements to draw the portrait. […] It was the impediment to understand my life, in a certain way.

The cover of the novel “Pas pire” by France Daigle.

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The autofictional character of the novel. not worse from France Daigle suffers from agoraphobia.

Photo: Courtesy: Les Éditions du Boréal

Taking a break from writing for a while, France Daigle indicates that there is a correlation between her awakening to her trans identity and the way she wrote her novels.

They were actually my constructions. [ses romans]because I didn’t know how else to get thereshe says. Somehow, I always had the impression of writing with leftovers. I had pieces […]but I couldn’t make the big portrait.

At this week’s Acadie Love festival, France Daigle presented visual works made from pieces of wood taken from a building she owns.

A symbolic approach to illustrate the gender reconstruction that she experienced.

A gender revolution

Now 68, the long road to self-discovery will have taken France Daigle some forty years.

The writer affirms that her trans identity has never been repressed, it is rather that she I didn’t have the keys to understand it.

According to her, questions of transidentity in public space often revolve around the man becoming a woman.

He hadn’t really found an answer about the woman feeling like a man.she explains. I was moving forward with all that, but not like that day, where I met young people and speakers.

France Daigle points out that if she had had this revelation earlier in her life, she might have considered gender reassignment surgery.

The flags of the intersex, lesbian and LBGTQ2+ community fly side by side.

The flags of the intersex, lesbian and LBGTQ2+ community fly together in Caraquet.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Réal Fradette

Without going under the knife at her age so as not to create physical stress on her body, she now has a free spirit in the face of her trans identity.

I am happy and satisfied to understand what is happening to me, liberated, relievedshe says. And I feel more normal being trans than I have felt all my life in normal male-female people.

However, there is still much to be done in society to save many suffering people, says France Daigle.

I think it is very important to educate young people about this.she says. Our society is extremely differentiated by gender. […]. In the last five to ten years, this has all blown up a bit. There is like a revolution even of genres and everything is possible, and each one can choose a little, according to their needs.

France Daigle is now passing the torch:: How you feel? Do you feel that you are well, you, in your element? That’s what it’s all about.”,”text”:”education should be: how do you feel? Do you feel that you are well, you, in your element? That’s mostly.”}}”>Education should focus on being: How you feel? Do you feel that you are well, you, in your element? That is all.

With information from the radio program. Rush Hour – Academy

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