sundaylife

| 15.5°C Belfast

Close

Premium

'I was bullied for being gay, but I wasn't - I was in the wrong body': Joni-Marie looking to the future after lifetime of anguish


Close

Joni Augustine

Joni Augustine

Joni Augustine getting hair removal treatment from Gillian Rossborough at Beyond Skin Clinic Belfast City centre.  Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 07-07-2020

Joni Augustine getting hair removal treatment from Gillian Rossborough at Beyond Skin Clinic Belfast City centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 07-07-2020

Beyond Skin Clinic

Beyond Skin Clinic

Joni Augustine

An Antrim woman who is currently transitioning has told how a near-death experience gave her the courage to stop living as a man and be herself.

Joni-Marie Augustine, a portrait artist and clerk at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH), always felt she had been born in the wrong body and her feminine mannerisms and appearance often led to her being bullied in her teens.

In an attempt to fit in, she over-compensated by going to the gym every day to bulk up and by adopting more masculine behaviour.