I did not come out, I became myself

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The biography of Ann-Christine Ruuth, her journey from then to now.

“I want to write a cohesive story that is not just about ‘what did your children say?’ or how it was possible to tell the truth at work. It will of course be an autobiography, but I want to highlight other perspectives and broaden the content. How is it possible to,  after a life of over 50 years, start living as a woman without being questioned or even what this mean in a priestly, ecclesiastical context where such people were not even present in the imaginary world also has its place in the story. “

Ann-Christine Ruuth was born in the 1950s as a boy named Åke and grew up in a church in Småland County, Sweden. Early on, Åke felt different, deviant, but there was nothing in his world, either within himself or in the environment, where it could be reflected or take place. He had to carry a longing that pressed on to find ways out.

Who was he, the pastor and the father of three, and what did he need to become complete? For a long time he did not even have the words for it.

In the end, it had to work or break. In 2010, she became herself, 58 years old. Since then, her life has been the the base of the bestseller My Dad Ann-Christine by daughter Ester Roxberg and the movie My father Marianne starring Rolf Lassgård. She herself has for many years lectured around the country on transperspective and gender identity.

Only now is she telling her own story.