"Josef is the ultimate post modernism, a cultural dream made manifest, a turning point in our race's history."
Change of Heart was filmed in the American Midwest prairie town of Aberdeen, South Dakota in June of 2008 where Josef lived and attended school. Josef now lives in Los Angeles, California where he will be pursuing a doctorate in psychology. With the wide range of gender and sexuality experience and education, Josef is a pioneer and leader in LGBTI activism and education. Josef can be contacted at: josefkirchner@yahoo(dot)com
A personal note from Josef:
Hi! I am Josef Kirchner, featured in the MSNBC documentary series Born in the Wrong Body, which explores the lives of people in the transgendered community. You can see video clips from the series here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26392358/
I took a long journey to find my own person place of happiness, peace and contentment with my body. I began life as male and went through the only option at the time to change my body to fit my mind. Throughout this journey I found out that having a full sexchange from male to female and living in stealth mode as a woman for 20 years was not all it was cracked up to be for me. Marriages to three men didn't satisfy. Riches didn't satisfy. I liked the fact that I could function intimately with men the way my mind said I should, but the *all female* package was not a perfect fit. Yes, I was gorgeous and terrifically successful as a woman, but somehow the experience was like an automobile that wasn't hitting on all cylinders. Something needed adjusting. Living as *Judy* was no longer working for me. So, the breast implants were removed and estrogen was replaced with testosterone and Josef was born!
My change of heart has brought me to a place of nirvana living as a man with a *vagina*. Transsexuals will commonly say, "I'm a woman trapped in a mans body!" Well, I been there and done that and after 20 years of womanhood I began feeling like a man trapped in a woman's body! I believe if the option to remain fully masculine yet have the Genital Reassignment Surgery would have been offered to me long ago I would have been a happy camper a lot sooner. Oh, but heaven forbid a macho man should have a fully functional penile inversion "mangina"? Hey! Hold on there a minute! If female to male transsexuals can enjoy living as macho men with a gay male identity and retain their vagina for sexual fulfillment then why can't the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care include guys like me, of which there are thousands of men in the world that feel like they would feel "corrected" if they could have an all male body except their genitals function similar to females for intercourse. Seems like a double standard going on? The moment I began taking testosterone therapy my body said, "Thank you! Thank you!" My orgasms and ejaculation were restored and now they better than ever! What a surprise after having my sexual functioning shorted out by estrogen for so many years!
This experience is almost like getting to reincarnate three times in one lifetime. It's been a terrific! I got to grow up as a male (the less handsome version), and then lived for 20 years as as a stunningly attractive female. Now I'm an even more attractive version of my male self than the original version! The day of gender stereotypes and putting people into boxes is over and I'm here to shout it loud and clear! Be what you want to be and don't let anyone stop you!
I hope the documentary was helpful to you. I would love to answer your questions. Please leave them here or share your own experiences. I can also be contacted directly at the email address above.