For anyone thinking about transitioning and taking testosterone, he has this advice: patience, patience, patience.
“It’s good to surround yourself with a community or friends and family that will support you – either online or in real life,” he advised. “Ask questions of people who’ve already gone through it. It feels like it takes ages for things to start happening but then when it does start everything changes really quickly. Now people are surprised when I tell them I’m trans. I had a job interview and when I told them they thought I was going to transition from male to female!”
Raines turned his 1,400 photos into a short film. It was seen by a TV producer who included Raines in a documentary about transgender men in the UK.