Notes on Gender Role Transition. In these cases, people who change their gender are usually required to live as members of their target gender for at least one year prior to genital surgery, gaining real-life experience , which is sometimes called the "real-life test" RLT. Gia and Allanah posing as sisters after after many years on hormones plus lots of surgery! Facial hair removal via electrolysis is a generally safe, time-consuming process that often facilitates the real-life experience for biologic males. F , A sex difference in the human brain and its relation to transsexuality, Int J Transgenderism 1,1, http: How did you go about this?