'I just had to suppress everything': What it's like to be transgender in a male-dominated field
Transsexual Women's Successes, by Lynn Conway. PHOTO GALLERY PAGE 1
As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community. Welcome to this evolving collection. Please upgrade your browser. Site Navigation Site Mobile Navigation Transgender Lives: Your Stories As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community. I was ashamed of how I felt and stuffed down what I thought was a terrible secret, only to be met with open arms and discover affirmation, validation, and love.
When Dr. They felt different, but nobody knew the word for it. Whatever it was, it felt shameful. In some ways, it proved advantageous.
Lynn Ann Conway born January 2,   is an American computer scientist , electrical engineer , inventor , and transgender activist. She worked at IBM in the s and is credited with the invention of generalized dynamic instruction handling, a key advance used in out-of-order execution , used by most modern computer processors to improve performance. Conway grew up in White Plains, New York. Conway was shy and experienced gender dysphoria as a child.