One of the world’s worst kept secrets is the fact that dads are inherently embarrassing. They revel in their ability to make you cringe with their questionable dance moves and lame jokes, but ultimately they love you and just want you to include them in your life – something every teenager neglects to do.
Despite their bizarre antics, your dad is the first person you call when things go wrong. You stand loyally by them as they go through a mid-life crisis, smiling meekly as they show you their unique DIY project or the new car they just bought.
However, would you stand by your dad if he decided to leave you in order to live as a six-year-old girl? If he traded in family night for tea parties with other children, and swapped the dad clothes for frilly dresses and knee length socks, would you still see him as your dad?
When Stefonknee Wolscht turned 46-years-old, she left behind her life as Paul, to become a six-year-old girl after realizing that she was transgender and not simply a cross-dresser.
Faced with an ultimatum by her wife to “stop being trans of leave,” she chose the latter and left her wife of 23 years and her seven confused children behind.
Talking to the The Daily Xtra, Stefonknee explained her decision: ‘To me, ‘stop being trans’ isn’t something I could do. It would be like telling me to stop being six-foot-two or leave.”
Stefonknee first realized that she identified differently to the other boys at school when she was six-years-old, after she became jealous of the girls in his class who were allowed to wear new dresses on picture day. But, uneducated about what her feelings really meant, she continued to live as Paul.
After marrying her high school sweetheart, Maria, Stefonknee began to experiment with wearing women’s clothes. At first Maria was confused, but supportive, when her husband began to wear her clothes. Accepting of her cross-dressing in private, she even bought her outfits to wear.
But, the turning point came when Stefonknee announced that she was transgender.