Leslie Regier, author, student of life, hobbyist, music lover, traveler, and more is always ambitious to learn about and experience the world we live in.
Leslie grew up in California. She had a happy childhood and an average background. From a very young age she was building model kits‒mostly airplanes‒and she enjoyed the science and aerospace sections of the library. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and launching model rockets with her father and riding her bicycle around town farther than she dared to tell her parents. As a child, she enjoyed urban spelunking in stream culverts with friends. Despite all the traditional boy activities and her apparently male self, she secretly yearned to be female. In addition to the above activities, she enjoyed sewing projects, decorating cakes, and is shown in an old photograph playing with a doll when she was a toddler‒all traditionally girloriented activities. These activities were not absolutely divided along gender lines, but it does serve to paint a general picture from a past when there was more polarization than now. Although Leslie did not care about gender role traditions with respect to activities, she was fearful that anyone would discover her secret desire to be female. She was selfconscious about her presentation and maintained a reasonably masculine outward expression. As a preteen she occasionally secretly crossdressed at home, but later as a teen and young adult she suppressed those desires as high school, college life, and activities with friends distracted her. Leslie explored career options, including law enforcement‒in which she worked as a reserve deputy sheriff and as a park patrol officer‒and she almost joined the US Coast Guard. Ultimately, one thing or another held her back from fully embracing a career. Even after she completed her Bachelor degree something was missing. During her mid to late twenties she became mysteriously restless and the desire‒the driving need‒to be female began to well up in her again. She did not understand what was happening, but something occurred when her relationship with her girlfriend ended. Living alone and with no one to answer to for the first time, she used the opportunity to crossdress again. Almost immediately, Leslie found freedom from the unrecognized force that had been holding her back in life. She crossdressed more and more, and unlike most crossdressers of the time, she did not hide it from friends and family. She felt an enthusiasm for life, she became assertive, and she had a newfound sense of peace and happiness. For the first time in her life she could speak in front of a group. These positive changes remained even when she was in "guy mode." Before long she knew that her path was to express herself as female all the time. She no longer considered it crossdressing. Her appearance simply matched her inner truth. Through selfreflection and ultimately living fulltime as a woman, she could openly admit to herself and others that she needed to go all the way. Three years after she began her journey she underwent sex reassignment surgery (SRS). In some ways the surgery was merely a personal formality, considering she was already a woman on so many levels and in the eyes of those around her. During her transition Leslie discovered that she is Goth by nature when a friend surprised her by taking her to a Goth night club where she unwittingly fit right in and felt at home. This brought her another level of freedom of expression and social contact that she never expected earlier in life. Leslie moved to Washington State several years after her transition, and in keeping with being a late bloomer, she eventually returned to college parttime to complete engineering prerequisite classes. She then transferred to the University of Washington for graduate classes and earned her Master in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Over the years, Leslie wrote up accounts of the events related to her gender transition. A friend who is also an author encouraged her to speed up the writing pace, and he gave her writing style suggestions (more emotion and colorful description, less of the cold technical writing). Leslie's book eventually came together, and after reading an entrepreneurial guide to starting a business she formed a publishing company. During the Christmas break after her first quarter in grad school she sent her book to print and Unchaining My Truth: Taking Flight on the Wings of a Dream was born. Unchaining My Truth covers everything from Leslie's first feelings of a gender disparity as a child through her transition and related experiences beyond. Although her transition was the basis of the book, there are events, personal interactions, and life lessons that will interest anyone. It is a book about being human, being an individual, and getting through it all with a sense of humor. Various hobbies and interests keep Leslie busy, and she has future plans for at least three books
unrelated to the transgender topic.