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When a person transitions genders, it's obviously not as easy as an operation. It involves years of hormonal treatment, living and dressing as the gender you want to become and several surgeries.
But one transgendered person who switched from female to male wants to break down the barriers of gender and what they can and can't do.
Tommy Murrell, 38, who was born female with Tamara as his first name, always felt like a man as he was growing up. That mentality, mixed with the way he looked, made it difficult for Tommy to navigate simple things.
"I was going into the bathrooms and getting kicked out of them. I was just so masculine, it just became a dangerous situation," he said.
"Who wants to live a life where you can't even go to the bathroom? Nobody wants that.
"I felt masculine, you know, like that was just the way that I was and it wasn't until I was into my twenties that I really had language for it and when I got the language for it, I started doing the research and I found that I could transition."
It was only when he realised that he could change his gender that he embarked on a six-year journey to transition from female to male. But during that tough period, Tommy began going to FTM - female to male - bodybuilding competitions.
"I hate when people tell me I can't do something," he said. "If you want to get me upset, tell me that I can't and I will do whatever it takes to prove you wrong."
But once his transition was fully completed, he made the move to start competing in bodybuilding competitions more commonly entered by cisgendered men - cisgender being a term that refers to a person who identifies as the gender they were assigned at birth.
However, that's an ongoing grey area in the sports arena, with many people questioning whether trans people should be allowed to compete against athletes who haven't transitioned.
To be fair - transitioning from female to man and to enter into a competition like that takes serious courage.
"I don't think that people should make a deal of whether I am trans or not, we don't get lost in the details. You know, at the end of the day, I look male so what's the problem?
"I wasn't like, 'hey I am a trans bodybuilder. I'm looking to compete'. I just said, 'I am going to compete' and that was it."
Despite being raised in a very religious household, his parents have been hugely supportive of his career and his decision to transition.
They read up on transgenderism and educated themselves on the topic and how to reconcile their faith with their son being trans.
Tommy wants people to know that you can do anything you set your mind to and you shouldn't be confined by the constraints of gender.
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