Why gender surgery will change young man's life
KYSON Cutler is preparing for a surgical procedure he believes will change his life.
Born a female, Kyson is about to go under the knife to put the final piece of the puzzle of his identity together.
For years he struggled with dealing with who he was, even now while awaiting what is commonly know as the "top surgery", his day-to-day life has its fair share of difficulties.
"The surgery means I won't have to go through my daily process of making my chest look flatter," Mr Cutler said.
"I used to have this binder that pretty much compresses everything.
"But I can't wear it because it bruises my ribs."
Having finally got the courage after graduating high school to tell his family he was transgender, the two years since that day have felt like a breath of fresh air compared with his experiences growing up as a teen in Ipswich.
"I knew that I was trans when I was little and when I say that I mean like three or four," Mr Cutler said.
"I hated girls' clothes - hated them - and I was not a fan of long hair."
Making his way up the Range for love earlier this year Mr Cutler now calls the Garden City home, finding the people to be more accepting of who he is.
"They are more understanding up here," he said.
"Everyone I meet and everyone who knows is really understanding and they aren't rude which makes me happy."
Living through what very few people will ever understand, Kyson's message to anyone struggling with similar issues is simple.
Don't go through it alone.
"You need to go and get help if you need it because it's not ideal to do it on your own," Mr Cutler said.
"Try and get as many supportive people around you because it is a tough process."
Kyson is currently crowd-funding to pay for what will be a $9000 surgical procedure.
But his fiancee Mia Cotic said it was worth every penny.
"It will be a weight lifted off my shoulders," she said.
"Because obviously I care about how he feels."