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Transgender Lives: Your Stories

as an element of a number of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring individual tales that reflect the power, diversity and challenges regarding the community. Welcome to this evolving collection.

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  • Charles Thomy

    from San Diego

    Digital Media Artist

    I became ashamed of how I felt and stuffed down what I thought had been an awful secret, only to be met with open hands and see affirmation, validation, and love. Study Story
  • Loren Bornstein

    from Portland, Ore.

    Bartender/Cat Lover/Educator

    you should not must show who they really are for you by their individual, private body to help you respect them for who they are. Study tale
  • Cass Averill

    from Eugene, Ore.

    Computer Security professional / Training Czar

    The acceptance received while transitioning face to face straight affected my confidence and helped me find my sound. Read tale
  • Michael

    from Cranston, R.I.

    company Manager and expert Singer

    I was provided the usual woman stuff, but I wanted Tonka vehicles, we played with the boys within my communities and didn't get along with girls much. Browse Story
  • Denise Chanterelle DuBois

    from Hanelei, Hawaii

    Businesswoman

    Transitioning ended up being a great deal tougher than I had expected. It absolutely wasn't like once I ended up being that innocent kid whom wore a dress and felt liberated. Study Story
  • Shandi intense

    from Winnipeg, Canada

    Supervisor associated with electric Department at Home Depot, photographer, musician, journalist, and advocate.

    Enduring the battles, employment challenges, moving forward with my surgery and finding purpose in advocacy has imparted a level of individual power I was unaware I possessed. Read tale
  • Peter

    from nyc

    Global civil servant

    more often than not I wore unisex clothing; constantly associated with the feminine version to show to individuals (who does frequently just take me for a man) that I was actually a woman. Study Story
  • Declan Nolan

    from Wayland, Mass.

    PFLAG Speaker and Facilitator

    it absolutely wasn't until I happened to be a freshman in senior school that I found the world to explain the piece that has been missing. Browse Story
  • Mikki del Monico

    from Los Angeles and New York City

    Filmmaker

    we became a filmmaker to save lots of myself, the need to express myself artistically rather than destructively. Read Tale
  • Cathy Ann Serino

    from Linn, Mo.

    I knew I was various but there were zero resources available therefore was a thing that I had to call home alone about. Browse Story
  • Alexander Walker

    from Belmont, Ma.

    Teacher

    for many of my life, I felt like I happened to be sitting in no guy's land, waiting for someone to give me a push and so I could finally feel whole. Study Story
  • Patrick

    from Buckingham, Pa,

    I started to recognize that I became transgender. Before I quickly did not have a name for what I felt. Study Story
  • Jessa Nichole Phillips

    from Villa Rica, Ga.

    My hope is one day people will be able to look past items that don't really influence your abilities, and judge them on what they are with the capacity of as opposed to their appearance. Browse Story
  • Audrey Remusat

    from Toledo, Ohio

    Payroll & Accounts Payable at Aramark

    i did so every thing i possibly could be because male when I might be but who I became, this girl/woman i'm now, simply would not, couldn't, go away. Read tale
  • Cooper Kidd

    from bay area

    Former Intern on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Historical Society

    it's important to not forget that not everyone can 'pass' in their selected gender or as no gender anyway or just about any combination or otherwise not combination thereof. Read tale
  • Erica Tobias

    from Canton, Mass.

    property Sales

    As she passed on in my hands it occurred if you ask me that life is really so precious and now we all deserve to be delighted. Study Story
  • Lee Anne

    from McClellanville, S.C.

    Construction

    A man could be a women? Maybe not since my grandmother had told us if we could kiss our elbow we're able to alter sex had we been therefore excited. Read tale
  • Hayden Reid

    from Bloomington, Ill.

    scholar

    we never ever thought something like it was feasible, but now i've realized it is fine become myself. Study tale
  • Lily Zheng

    from Stanford, Calif.

    Stanford University Undergraduate

    I’ve found my part models now in communities and coalitions of other trans women of color, who've been continual inspiration for resistance, curing, organizing, and thriving. Browse tale
  • Mykel Mickens

    from Louisville, Kentucky

    Assembly worker at Genera electric

    visualize having to awaken each and every morning wishing you were another person. Well I don't have to do that any longer and I also couldn't be any more delighted. Read tale
  • Rhonda Williams

    from western Palm Beach, Fla.

    techniques Engineer, author

    I am an individual who could be more or less masculine and much more or less feminine as my state of mind and circumstances allow. Study tale
  • Kimberly Moore

    from Fredericksburg, Va.

    Veteran and Program Manager

    I anticipate escaping and planning to show the world that I have something unique and real; which provided the opportunity, will show that being Transgender is a gift to be embraced. Study tale
  • David Johnsrud

    from Tucson

    Nurse/Acupuncturist

    I happened to be 19 when I understood just what that discomfort represented; that I happened to be transgender. But I doubted truly i really could endure the repercussions of these a shocking disclosure. Study Story
  • Shane Lestan

    from Kent, Ohio

    I had understood for most of my entire life that I was somewhere in the centre, and that i did not match women or men. Browse tale
  • Robin Dahlstedt

    from Sweden

    Student

    The summer before senior school we told my mom that i was a boy and she practically stated I am aware. Read Story
  • Karen Payne

    from Salem, Oregon

    Software designer for Oregon Dept. of income

    I was raised in a small city by loving parents and understand before I happened to be ten years old that I became unique of the remainder of my family and friends. Read tale
  • Isabel Jimenez

    from Arlington, Tex.

    Retail Associate

    we joined the solution to find who i'm, as well as in probably the most unanticipated way, used to do. I'd for away. Study Tale
  • Scott

    from Oakland, Calif.

    After a 2 thirty days medical leave, we returned to function. I became fired one week later, for «egregiously violating company policy». Laws and a life in a liberal state weren't sufficient to guard me. My life is simply too egregious a violation. Read Story
  • Brannen

    from Madison, Wis.

    Grad scholar & Blogger

    In a way developing as a gender basic, non-binary trans person was more than just claiming who i will be, it was additionally about developing among two twins. Browse Tale
  • River Preston LaFleur

    from Lake Orion, Mich.

    I was slowly killing myself inside this facade of being this woman We never ended up being. Browse Story
  • Matilyn Dust

    from Ca

    people genuinely believe that being trans is a sexual orientation, but it is maybe not. A trans individual could be straight, bisexual or homosexual. Browse Story
  • Justin

    from Manzanita, Ore.

    Teacher

    Nevertheless considering how exactly to live my authentic self. Browse Story
  • Lola D. Houston

    from Burlington, Vt.

    Teacher

    Self actualization is not easy. It is a lifelong process, something I will never truly finish. Read tale
  • Alison Francis

    from Fort Worth, Tex.

    Starbucks Partner/Supervisor

    Along this course i have seen a few of the worst of mankind and be section of a community of Trans-people that love like household. Read Story
  • Elijah/Esther

    from Monteagle, Tenn.

    Some days I am male, some times I am feminine, some days I am neither; some days i'm both. Gender fluid. Read Story
  • RED

    from San Francisco

    Certified rub Therapist

    I became constantly most comfortable in guys garments, and since I have had 2 brothers, my mom had been ecstatic when I was created, but little did she know, whom I became to become. Read Tale
  • Valerie Celebrity

    from Weatherford, Tex.

    I became tired of located in a shell of myself, and I also'm therefore happy i have made this journey. Study tale
  • Jessica Taylor

    from Los Angeles, Calif.

    Airline Transport Pilot

    With my conservatively family we now have discovered to walk together in a love the can never be separated or destroyed. Read Story
  • Arilyn Hess

    from Lindon/Orem, Utah

    Growing up into the most densely Mormon area on the planet, I never truly recognized exactly what transgender suggested. Study Story
  • Jacey Hoffman

    from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Restaurant manager/ activist

    Today i will be without any anyone I happened to be, to be the individual I therefore desperately would have to be. Study Story
  • William Powell Eddins

    from Raleigh, N.C.

    Harvard University pupil

    we reside my entire life proudly beyond the gender binary, and even if you believe I’m just a person in a dress, you better damn well respect me personally Read tale
  • Jaden Wolf

    from la

    Student

    I never fit in with anything towards the female stereotype. Read Story
  • Cameron Adelman

    from Arlington, Ma.

    Student

    we attempted to fit in, tried to end up being the girl every person stated I became, plus it worked, for some time. However before we slipped into a deep despair that took me years to crawl out of. Browse Story
  • Jamie Nichols

    from Burleson, Tex.

    Customer Service Manager

    The struggle was genuine for nearly 30 years but I have were able to make a life for myself regardless of the pain and heartache. Read Story
  • Robyn McCutcheon

    Foreign Service Officer

    rather than losing my career, we became initial U.S. foreign service officer to openly and publicly transition while serving at a U.S. mission offshore. Read tale
  • Brynn Tannehill

    Former Navy pilot

    After I arrived, we noticed that every thing in my own life was indeed divided between me pursuing my job and me personally being myself, and how much that had cost me. Browse Story
  • Landon Callahan

    from North Attleboro, Ma.

    Provided the advice «follow your kid's lead» my parent's I want to come to terms with my gender. Read Story
  • Amani Dupree

    from Plains, Va.

    small company owner

    I went through my whole youth, ignoring the fact there was something different about me. Study tale
  • Beck Fineman

    from ny

    Attorney

    our connection with sex put me in contact with my really humanness, as I examined my own heart contrary to the torrents of others’ doubts and disappointments. Study tale
  • Iden D. Campbell

    from Washington, D.C.

    Founder associated with Campbell Center

    The transgender community is incredibly resilient, we've resided through some horrific provided experiences. Browse Story
  • Paulina Fox

    from Newburyport, Ma.

    My advice to any or all the young trans females simply starting should take heart even if things are tough. Browse tale
  • Pax Ahimsa Gethen

    from San Francisco

    Photographer

    I happened to be depressed about my human body and my social life, but had no idea that I happened to ben't a lady, because I didn't know I had any alternative. Read tale
  • Sheila Coats

    from Vancouver, Wa.

    Retired-school bus motorist

    i really do feel fortunate because my transition was smooth. I did have some bad times but personally i think these were learning days. Browse tale
  • Yvo Manuel Vas Dias

    from Netherlands

    advertising Manager, Project Manager, Chairman

    Through many years of meditation and mantra training, in addition to doing several retreats, my change has been good one. Browse Story
  • Elliot Fletcher

    from Los Angeles

    whenever puberty and center college came, I'd to come calmly to terms because of the proven fact that others viewed me as women. Read Story
  • Taylor Glickman

    from Grafton, Ma.

    Student/Activist

    i am fortunate to inform my story and be a resource to communities particularly high schools, moms and dads, and also youth that are questioning by themselves. Browse tale
  • Maggie Stumpp

    from Newark, N.J.

    Economist, Executive

    I always chuckle once I read impassioned commentary about gender presentation. Like an amoeba under a microscope, I’m a full time income information point browse tale
  • Jacey Hoffman

    from St. Augustine, Fla.

    Server/activist

    Over 50percent of Transgender men and women have had at least one suicide effort by their 20th birthday celebration. By telling my tale it really is hoping this quantity goes down. Study tale
  • Caroline Anne L'huillier

    from brand new Orleans

    Former Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army

    My profession came to a screeching halt whenever army, while preparing to discharge me personally for combat related PTSD, discovered through the VA I happened to be trans. Browse Story
  • Aidan A. Z.

    from Des Moines, Iowa

    Science Fiction Writer, Data Processor

    we invested so much of my entire life motivating others become as by themselves, attempting so hard to call home a life of love. Is not it time I showed want to myself? Browse Story
  • Samantha Lauren Eisenhauer

    from Nottingham, Penn.

    Despite being assigned boy, we knew I happened to be a lady. I felt it absolutely was never ever safe to inform anybody though. But that never ever stopped me personally from doing my best to be whom I became. Read Story
  • Lou Vaile

    from Oakland, Calif.

    Caregiver

    we nevertheless keep in mind your day my mom announced that i really could no longer run shirtless outdoors in the sunshine. Study Story
  • Myles D.

    from Pittsburgh/Philly, Penn.

    Social worker, gardener/farmer, author, currently unemployed

    In attempting to write on my experience of being transgendered, or being labelled transgendered, we find myself struggling to do so in a vacuum. Read tale
  • Cian Marie Hare

    from Saint Paul, Minn.

    Aspiring Conservation Biologist

    initially I was hesitant to embrace the label «agender» unaltered as a result of my femme phrase, but no other label felt right. Read tale
  • Vikki Le

    from ny

    Writer/Activist

    it is hard being a female in this world let alone being born as a guy and undergo life as a female. Luckily, i'm somebody who appreciates life itself. Read Story
  • Armeline Zobelpelz

    from Portland, Ore.

    Barista

    i've found who of my previous life certainly cares about me, and furthermore, i have come to love myself. Read tale
  • Mandi Camille Hauwert

    from Sonoma County, Calif.

    Writer / Correctional Officer

    In June of 2012, after being prompted to address my unorthodox take on male grooming criteria, we became 1st openly transgender correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison. Browse Story
  • Ryan Sallans

    from Omaha

    Overseas Transgender Speaker and Author

    In searching straight back within my very own life, i understand that I wouldn't be right here today basically wouldn't have first faced my biggest worries and 2nd explored and paid attention to what I discovered behind the curtain. Study Story
  • Dr. Halle Cheeseman

    from Gainesville, Fla.

    Technical Executive

    The cost was high. Often too high for me to bear. Study tale
  • Jesse

    from Louisiana

    Assistant Principal

    the transition wasn't a distraction, it did not cause an uproar, and I don't lose respect among peers. Browse Story
  • Jack Elliott

    from Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Consultant and Writer

    This journey has naturally led to the understanding of essential it really is to have voices in the community telling our stories instead of people told about us. Study tale
  • Jaden Remy

    from Philadelphia

    Artist — Designer — Illustrator | Creative Director, Lynchpin Creative advertising

    Though we never allow my sex status to define me, because especially i will be individual and my interests expand beyond exactly what the entire world perceives me personally become. Read tale
  • Zoe Dolan

    from Los Angeles, Calif.

    Lawyer

    I became afraid of what would happen to my career; and at heart I happened to be ashamed. Read Story
  • Stevelle/Barry

    from Spring, Tex.

    Filmmaker

    we started questioning basically ended up being trans because I did feel a guy, nonetheless it wasn't all the time. Browse tale
  • Kameron

    Janitor

    I knew I was somewhere in between genders — genderqueer, non-binary — but I felt invisible and unacknowledged. Browse Story
  • Art

    from New York

    Isian Priest

    before my change, I happened to be paralyzed by sex anxiety in my own private and general public interactions. Now i'm socially comfortable and comfortable in my own skin. Browse tale
  • Ryan Cassata

    from San Francisco

    Singer-songwriter/speaker

    I'm afraid of somebody finding out i am transgender and killing me personally in the males's restroom on a dead interstate highway. Study Story
  • Nick Meinzer

    from Oakland, Calif.

    Hairdresser

    As I got older, my own body developed at an early age and I keep in mind and constantly experiencing disconnected from this, resenting its betrayal in presenting me improperly. Read Story
  • Riley James

    from Carbondale, Illinois

    Tattoo Artist

    The initial awkwardness whenever you SUBSEQUENTLY hear the right pronouns without having to correct some one is intense- that validation you've got been dying to get is unexpectedly fallen within lap, while freeze. Read Story
  • jessica lynn

    from Santa Maria, Calif.

    President, Your True Gender (non-profit)

    we prayed to Jesus each night to create my genitals disappear; I didn’t wish the male body I became born with. Read Story
  • Dezjorn Gauthier

    from Milwaukee, Wis.

    Transmale Model, scholar, CEO

    As I begun to change I happened to be told I would never ever manage to model as a «male», because I was only 5'7 and never a real guy. Study Story
  • Katherine M. Bradford

    from Westerly, R.I.

    Senior computer software enginner

    As a transgender parent, i'm necessary to think «outside the box» on a fairly regular basis. Study Story
  • Larsen

    from Greenville, N.C.

    scholar

    I happened to ben't created in «wrong» body, but we nevertheless felt there was something off consistently until I became nineteen. Browse tale
  • Natalie de Clare

    from Pullman, Washington

    Graduate Student

    I don't glance at myself into the mirror and fixate on the globe I left behind to be myself. They means I subjectively see myself usually I happened to be... Read tale
  • Agnlaa

    from Murfreesboro, Tenn.

    We make an effort to tell myself, 'one time things are going to be better, one day i will be capable get the treatment i want,' but I don't believe it. Read Story
  • Donna Jean Loy

    from Metairie, La.

    Retired

    I was created in 1949 and growing up inside 50's and 60's there was no effortless strategy for finding down the thing that was incorrect with me. Read tale
  • lyra

    from Michigan

    Manufacturing

    I happened to be told we'd overcome it and be sorry. I happened to be told that is the common ending to gender dilemmas. Simply speaking the advice ended up being incorrect. Study Story
  • Christine Beatty

    from l . a .

    computer software Engineer and Writer

    I knew I couldn't alter whom I became, therefore I resolved to behave on it. Read tale
  • Jeri Morgan

    from Staten Island, N.Y.

    Library Suggestions Assistant

    stay safe, be thoughtful; but constantly take steps ahead to your objective. Browse tale
  • Daniel English

    from Lawrence, Kan.

    Emergency Shelter employee

    Many people felt eligible to ask me personally about my body — had I had «the surgery» yet? When did I want it? Why hadn't we gotten it yet? Browse tale
  • Shane Alejandro Ortega

    from Wahiawa, Hawaii

    usa Army Helicopter Flight Engineer

    The question I frequently get is the reason why would you join the military once you understand the laws on transgender solution? Read tale
  • Loren

    from Portland, Ore.

    I’ve cut my ties with things that literally bound me personally to a life I became miserable living. Study tale
  • KD

    from bay area

    i need to choose every day whether to hide who i'm or be myself in order to protect my security. Study Story
  • Florence Diane Garneau

    from Livingston, Tex.

    The title change process was awkward for both my buddies and l but over time, my new way life became comfortable. Study tale
  • Nicole M. Garcia

    from Louisville, Colo.

    psychological state Counselor and Candidate for Ordained Ministry

    we deducted that I'd prayed the incorrect thing—I prayed that God would fix me personally. I ran across that Jesus didn't must fix me. Read Story
  • Katherine Harris

    from Fayetteville, N.C.

    I didn't know I was a transgender female until around the early '70's within the armed forces. I served twenty years in Army, the final 16 in Special Forces. Browse tale
  • Christiana DeLa Monde

    My despair wasn't due to the inequities worldwide around me personally, but by personal willingness to lose my real self to be able to belong to it. Study Story
  • Shannon Mannion

    from Phelan, Calif.

    Culinary scholar

    I have understood I became a girl since I ended up being 13 yrs old. I happened to be teased and beat up on Jr. High to be various. Read Story
  • Katherine Birdsall

    from Portland, Ore.

    Chief Warrant Officer 4, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

    on age of 65, we knew we couldn’t keep up the pretense considerably longer. I might get crazy or be dead. Browse Story
  • Jason Robert Ballard

    from Rochester, N.Y.

    Founder of FTM Magazine

    the message to my Trans friends and family is that you're crucial simply for current inside turbulent some time your ripples get far beyond what you is able to see today. Read tale
  • Michelle Anne Casals

    from Atlanta

    Psychiatrist

    In my 20’s I invested a miserable two . 5 years in psychoanalysis trying unsuccessfully to rid myself of my transgenderism. Read tale
  • Sam Dylan Finch

    from bay area Bay Area, Calif.

    Transgender Writer and Activist

    Being transgender never been about quality or precision or fact – perhaps not within the old-fashioned sense. Study tale
  • Bradford Taylor

    from St. Louis

    Health Care

    After a six 12 months relationship failed, partly because of my insecurities in myself and my identity, I recognized it absolutely was time. Study Story
  • Lane Silas Patriquin

    from Toronto

    musician, illustrator

    i am hoping that through creating exposure of diverse gender experiences we could breakdown the stigma. Browse tale
  • Robyn

    from Westchester, N.Y.

    Writer

    attempting new things such as crossdressing, realizing they worked, they connected, but were never sufficient. Study Story
  • Tanis Nikana

    from Beaverton, Ore.

    tech support team

    This pain is preferable to the sheer torture of a melancholy presence in which the mind is constantly trying to find a body it can't find at this time. Read Story
  • Elise Himes

    from Beaverton, Ore.

    ESL teacher

    it had been only if we woke up gasping for atmosphere utilizing the noose still around my throat, that I knew I'd nothing else to reduce by transitioning. Read tale
  • barb morrison

    from Frenchtown, N.J.

    record producer

    i started to recognize that my gender was fluid, the same way music had been. perhaps not buying into the binary had been such a relief. Study Story
  • Kayla Raniero

    from Philadelphia, Penn.

    Frontperson at Folk automatically, scholar at Temple University, and Activist

    I thought that I happened to be completely alone in what I ended up being experiencing, that one thing ended up being seriously wrong beside me, which we would have to be «fixed.» Study Story
  • Isley Reust

    from l . a .

    Musician & Actress

    i recently want to be capable assist and inspire other people and demonstrate to them they to may have the courage become whom these were always supposed to be. Read Story
  • Carolyn Marie Weiss

    from Torrance

    Retired City Administrator

    we expanded a mustache and became a reserve police officer inside hopes that this would reduce my desire to feel feminine. Study tale
  • Donnie Cianciotto

    from Tucson

    Artistic Director, Actor, Entertainer, Producer, Comedian

    we feared myself. Coming out as a lesbian in 1994 had been hard sufficient as it ended up being! Browse tale
  • Kris Maul

    from Minneapolis, Minn.

    Attorney/Manager in degree and volunteer Midwest Advisory Council person in Family Equality Council

    Being transgender has taught me the effectiveness of self-awareness, just how to practice persistence, the ability in forgiveness, how exactly to embrace awkwardness therefore the importance of releasing shame. Read tale
  • Brandon Benbrook

    from Red Bluff, Calif.

    Apartment Complex Manager/Dad

    nobody knew the things I had been suffering, the things I attempted to conceal the majority of my life. We felt awkward, not only around people but with myself. Read tale
  • Lucia Hill-Rains

    from Arlington, Tex.

    computer software Developer

    As my human body changed, my head changed for the better. We became less anxious. We became more driven to finish tasks and jobs. Browse tale
  • Airen McClure

    from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

    Student, artist, activist

    i will be proud to be trans. For me personally, residing as my authentic self is the greatest thing i could do both for myself as well as for most of the people in my own... browse Story
  • Andrew Peterson

    from Missoula, Mont.

    Psychotherapist

    It took me personally a long time to totally understand the essential difference between sex identification and gender expression. Read Story
  • Marissa Jayne Wolfe

    from Marquette, Mich.

    Residence wellness Aide

    Transition is similar to both heaven and hell adopting one another together with a roller-coaster. Browse Story
  • Leor Mugrabi

    from San Jose, Calif.

    We went through many good and the bad considering that the first-time we came across and we’re nevertheless madly in love 15 years later. Read Story
  • Lucy L.

    from Traverse City, Mich.

    Student

    I've faced all of it but the strength of simply being who you are causes it to be all manageable. Read Story
  • Corey

    scholar

    This war with my sex identity will not be a swift or simple one. It's a battlefield with my body utilizing guerrilla warfare on my mind. Study Story
  • M. David Soliven

    from Brooklyn

    Clinical Social employee, Consultant and Skills Developer/Transgender Issues

    To be «real,» not just suggested defining my physical appearance, but also doing work that spoke to my heart and values. Browse tale
  • Chrissi

    from United Kingdom

    Royal Air Force Police puppy Handler

    If you travel far enough, you're, and I travelled a long and difficult journey, another as to the I already knew. Browse tale
  • Kage Jonas Coven

    from Youngstown, Ohio

    pro pet groomer

    There are people these days who want one to fail, to feel poorly about your self- to die. Never listen. Please don't. Read tale
  • Joni Christian

    from Ravenna, Ohio

    Lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals are telling the entire world that people are part of all societies and can accept nothing less than respect. Browse Story
  • Alley Stoughton

    from Jamaica Plain, Mass.

    Computer Scientist

    i am the sort of girl whom thinks it is artificial and restricting to cut back our sex complexity to a male/female binary. Read Story
  • Jamie Shupe

    from Portland, Ore.

    U.S Army, Retired

    i've effortlessly exchanged my white male privilege to become one of America’s many hated minorities. Browse Story
  • Micah

    from san francisco bay area

    Transgender advocate

    every thing I’ve finished with my human body, from top surgery to gradual low-dose testosterone to a hysterectomy, ended up being, sooner or later, the truth. Browse tale
  • Mark Mulligan

    from Williamsburg, Va.

    Ph.D pupil in American History

    For transgender people of all walks of life, absolutely nothing fits the devastation of seeing someone who accustomed respect you arrive at see you as an insect. Read tale
  • James Harrison

    from Sherman, Tex.

    Claims Validator, Writer

    once I got pregnant, the cis and trans community totally shunned me personally. Read Story
  • Diane Hames

    from Portland, Oregon

    Automotive advertising Senior Executive

    in certain means I have recognized that I became hardly living prior to. Read tale
  • Arik

    from Syracuse, N.Y.

    everybody else i am aware understands i am a guy and respects it. Even my dad, once transphobic, now calls me personally son. Browse Story
  • Clint S.

    from North Augusta, S.C.

    Military

    I like the armed forces, i enjoy my armed forces family, and I also'll gladly give 30 years easily may do it since the genuine me. Browse tale
  • Greyson Simon

    from Seattle

    Chandler and community activist

    restroom remain an anxiety-producing spot for a lot of, specially aided by the rash of absurd legislation prohibiting us from utilizing the facilities that match our identities. Study Story
  • Karen Topham

    from Vernon Hills, Il.

    High School English & Drama Teacher

    once I learn about teenager suicides today, we wonder if any may have been avoided if more parents only knew just how to read involving the lines. Browse Story
  • Meggan Sommerville

    from Oswego, Il.

    Writer/Blogger

    i thought I would find rejection if the secret I hid from my parents had been ever found. Read tale
  • Julia Astrid Davis

    from Chicago

    Brewer

    The general simplicity with which I found resources and care, in a city with a sizable trans community, makes me personally feel grateful and humbled. Study tale
  • Lori Pastor

    from Las vegas, nevada

    business Guest Relations Manager

    it absolutely was critical for me to exhibit what it meant to be a trans pinpointing specific on the job therefore the globe. Study Story
  • Barbara Van Horn

    from Springfield, Va.

    Military (Retired) and present Federal worker

    despite the fact that transitioning just isn't practical (I am married with grown young ones and grand children whilst still being work for the Army) I am out and about. Study Story
  • Ryan Karnoski

    from Seattle, Wash.

    Social Work Student within University of Washington

    I'm nevertheless a die-hard optimist in what the continuing future of transgender inclusion will appear like for generations to come Read Story
  • Eli

    from Pittsburgh

    the things I want individuals to see is a man if they stare within my eyes. Study Story
  • D'Santiago Nava

    from Santa Fe, N.M.

    Musician (Guitarist)

    My music keeps me personally going. I heal every time We play. I have been gifted a re-birth. I'm grateful, i could finally be ME. Browse Story
  • Kingston Farady

    from Oakland, Calf.

    Writer | Actor | Transgender Advocate | LoveRevolutionary

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  • Anonymous

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    Grad student

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    Management Consultant

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    police force

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    scholar

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    Student/Writer

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  • Jacob Tobia

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    Writer and Advocate

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    scholar, Activist, Artist, individual

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    personal worker

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    Securiry

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  • Andrea

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    retired chemist

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    Broadcast Engineer

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  • Maryanne Marttini

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    Comedian-Emcee-Spokesperson

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    Naval Officer

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    Unemployed

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  • Mike

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    Design and tech

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  • Eli Knight

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    Assistant Manager

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  • Julie Chovanes

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    Attorney

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    Writer, Editor

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  • C. Miles

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    Arts student

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  • Emmett Jack Lundberg

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    Retired Nurse

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    Teacher

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    Sales associate

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    Value Stream Manager

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    Essay published by Tom, Avery's dad

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    Barista

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  • Joanne Carroll

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    Air Force Vietnam Veteran

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    Barber/Hairdresser

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  • Kat Rohn

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    advanced schooling

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    Software Engineer

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    Writer and Developer

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  • Shivaani Ehsaan

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    Florida State University student / pupil fundraiser

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  • Nick Stevens

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    Loretto Volunteer doing work for Catholics in Alliance the Common Good

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  • Nevo Zisin

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    scholar

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    Unemployed IT Analyst

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  • Christina Jane Cleveland

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  • Emily Kaufman

    from Bear, Delaware

    Student

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    small company manager and musician

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  • Stacey Nicole Cooley

    from Walker, Los Angeles.

    Former aquatic

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  • Rae Raucci

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    Law Student

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  • Kat Norcross

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    Graduate scholar, Scientist and Artist

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  • Raquel Willis

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    Digital Publisher, Writer, Media Maven

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  • Mitch Kellaway

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    Writer

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    from Wayne

    Cook

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  • Robyn «Survivor» Ryan

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    Illustrator

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  • Sally Michelle Jackson

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  • Laura A. Jacobs

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    Psychotherapist, activist, author, presenter...

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  • Leslie McMurray

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    Writer — (Former broadcast Personality)

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  • Aran

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    Living life as an openly bisexual transsexual Quaker guy happens to be a genuine blessing. Study tale
  • Adrien Reece

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    Activist, Musician

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  • Maxie give

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    Consulting Systems Programmer, Kindred Healthcare

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  • Graham Bridgeman

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    Senior Software Engineer

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  • Jenna (Trans and Proud)

    from Tylertown, Miss.

    College Student at Southwest Mississippi Community College

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  • Sophie Lynne

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    Writer/ Retail

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  • Precious Davis

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    Freelance Copywriter

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  • A. I. D.

    from Greensboro, N.C.

    university student

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  • Emet

    from ny

    Student

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    PhD pupil

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  • Reid Vanderburgh

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    Writer and teacher

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    Receptionist/Office Assistant

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    Inspirational Speaker

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  • Doug

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    Carpenter

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  • Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers

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    Clergy

    Years passed and I met more transgender individuals, some of who became best friends. Browse Story
  • Hallah Sabbath

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    health technician

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    Director of Policy, nationwide Center for Transgender Equality

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    Defense Contractor

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    Pastoral Counselor and Ministry Consultant

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  • Evie Priestman

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    Student

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  • Caitlyn Strohmeyer

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    Transgender Activist

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    Educator

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    Artist Farmer

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    Retail

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    Former U.S. Soldier (Afghanistan, July 2010)

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    Disabled Veteran

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  • Ashley

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    scholar

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    Distribution Center General Manager

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    Trans Community Advocate, Writer, Sound Engineer

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    MD

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    Student

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    Spiritual Care Facilitator, Author and Advocate

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    Retired Logistician now Fashion Blogger

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    Grad pupil

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  • Dylan Orr

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    First freely transgender person appointed to a U.S. Presidential Administration

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    President, Globals Stainless Systems Inc.

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    Physician

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    Benefits Manager

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    from Cupertino, Calif.

    Senior Counsel, Apple Inc.

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  • Kimi Cole

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    Transgender Advocate/ Sales Administrator

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  • Vandy Beth Glenn

    from Decatur, Ga.

    Writer and presenter

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  • Penny (Paul) Tibbetts

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    united states of america Park Ranger

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  • Emily Pittman Newberry

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    Writer, performance poet

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  • Blaine Paxton Hall

    from Fearrington Village, NC

    physician assistant, adjunct associate professor, author, presenter

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  • Darla Rose

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    Retired

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  • Chris Rhodes

    from Brooklyn, New York

    Co-owner and Designer for FLAVNT Streetwear

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  • Dianne Piggott

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    Returning Student

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  • Tiffanie Faith Chezum

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    class coach Driver Trainer

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  • Victoria Nolan

    from Yamhill, Ore.

    Risk and pros Manager

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    Writer

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    Scientist

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    U.S. Navy

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    Writer, journalist

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    Business Development Manager

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    Writer

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    Graphic Designer

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    Graduate scholar

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  • Devlyn Readus

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    Personal Justice Activist/Minister

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    techniques Analyst / Stand-up comic

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  • Kasey

    from Silver Spring, Md.

    Attorney

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    Physician

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    Taxidermist/Artist

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    movie Director and Activist

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  • Jessi Matthews

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    IT

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  • Jess Rowland

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    Artist

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  • Lucymarie Ruth

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    Author

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  • Tuesday Meadows

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    Retired Grocery Store Manager

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    Intelligence Analyst

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    Architect

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  • Aaron Duncanson

    from Portland, Ore.

    Caregiver

    i've had ideas of cutting myself, but I would like to be a trans adult that kids can consider to see your only scars i've is from my top surgery. Read Story
  • Lois Simmons

    from Suffern, N.Y.

    Tax preparer, author, writer

    Armed using the term of Jesus and ready to you should think about change, the crisis evaporated. Browse Tale
  • Don Altemus

    from Western Chester, Pa.

    Recovery Coach — psychological state Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Despite being a part of the LGBT community i truly knew absolutely nothing by what it meant to change. Read Story
  • Fran Fried

    from Prospect, Conn.

    Editor, writer, DJ

    I never ever felt trapped in the reverse body, but, like many, I knew one thing had been different from childhood. Browse tale
  • Cary Gabriel Costello

    from Milwaukee

    Professor

    Every person, intersex or otherwise not, deserves the autonomy to ascertain and inhabit the sex with that they identify. Read tale
  • Jennifer Lennarz

    from Austin, Texas

    Chief Financial Officer

    When I ended up being with dudes I never ever easily fit in, whenever with females I always fit in. Browse Story
  • Sheri Swokowski

    from De Forest, Wis.

    Retired

    I thought it ironic I could work as a transgender civilian at HQ, Dept of Army yet could not provide my nation in uniform. Study tale
  • Danielle Pellett

    from Dallas

    Chemist

    once you never call it quits, and you also stand up against the globe in defiance of just what others attempt to allow you to do? It gets better. Browse Story
  • Claire-Renee Kohner

    from Hopkins, Minn.

    Trans Journalist

    when i told my parents, isn't it better to have a living child than a dead son? Read Story
  • Sean Parker Dennison

    from Woodstock, Ill.

    Unitarian Universalist Minister

    My life will not fit those boxes. My gender is not that simple. Read tale
  • Tori Amanda Foote

    from Sun Valley, Nevada

    Unemployed Former Sales and Finance Manager

    I have found how it seems to own to simply accept a life of frustration. Study tale
  • Roxanne Manzone

    from Ocala, Fla.

    Roadway Inspector

    despite the increased loss of my family, guess what happens, i am happy and accepted who I have become. Study Story
  • Macalister Bali

    from Emeryville, Calif.

    Cloud tech Consultant

    For anyone to turn out admit they're transgender is the bravest thing they are able to do. Read Tale
  • Reed Wetmore

    from Andover, Mass.

    I realize that I will consistently face hate and discrimination most likely for the rest of my entire life. Study tale
  • Jack Pula

    from ny

    Psychiatrist

    Becoming a psychiatrist and confronting psychological and psychological suffering beckoned me personally to confront my personal. Study Story
  • Dana Beyer

    from Chevy Chase, Md.

    Executive Director, Gender Rights Maryland

    Walking the streets of New York due to the fact woman I had struggled to totally express countless years early in the day had been exhilarating. Browse tale
  • Tyler Ford

    from Brooklyn, nyc

    Writer

    my own body is a discordant note within the symphony of my life. Browse tale
  • Michaela western

    from san francisco bay area, Calif.

    Surgeon, PhD

    I’m a superbly trained emeritus professor of surgery with an eternity of experiences who’s unemployed for the first time since I have ended up being 14. Study tale
  • Denise Brogan-Kator

    from brand new Port Richey, Fla.

    Senior Legislative Counsel, Family Equality Council

    I nearly destroyed everything I valued in life. But, ultimately, i discovered myself. Read Story
  • Kristen Aaquist

    from Reno, Nev.

    Legal Secretary

    The fact that there is a fix place me personally at a crossroads: do we risk quitting everything that i must be me personally or do I continue residing as that man. Browse tale
  • Christine Roy

    from Laguna Hills, Calif.

    Electronics Technician

    My old way of coping was to make myself hidden. Now i'm not afraid to speak up, be visible, and participate in life. Read Tale
  • Dee Omalley

    from Pasadena, Calif.

    My perennial exile from employment is evidence of the near-clinical effects of overt trans discrimination that eludes appropriate accountability. Browse tale
  • Elaine Jackson

    from Berkeley, Calif.

    Retired journalist

    When I tell individuals I have a trans son, the typical effect is, “How did you cope with it?” The reality is that I like my son as far as I liked my child. Study Story
  • Claire Enderby

    from ny, N.Y.

    Designer

    Discovering that there had been a name for just what I was, it was a medical condition—this had been magical. Browse tale
  • Caiolinn Ertel

    from McLean, Va.

    Aviation Systems Engineer

    I truthfully don't know very well what had been wrong, why I liked ladies' things but don't sexually. Read tale
  • Harper

    from Chicago, Ill.

    pupil

    I'm going to feel at ease as myself at a formal occasion for the first time within my life as a result of my teachers. Study tale
  • Jessica Lynn

    from Santa Maria, Calif.

    President, Your real Gender (Non-profit)

    At 45 yrs . old I became the lady i'm today. Read Story
  • Jerry Cheney

    from Santa Fe, N.M.

    Blogger

    i enjoy the idea of being beyond gender, of behaving and dressing regardless of gender roles. Study Tale
  • J. Stanton

    I think about myself extremely lucky to possess a family and buddies that overwhelmingly supportive. Browse Story
  • Sara Davis Buechner

    from Vancouver, Canada

    Classical Concert Pianist

    we miss my old home and the a lot of things we destroyed, but i mightn't trade the things I gained for just about any of the, now. Read Story
  • James Rearden

    from Owensboro, Ky.

    Supervisor at Starbucks

    From my earliest childhood memory we felt male and though my young brain don't yet have what to spell out it, I knew I happened to be different. Study Story
  • Faye Seidler

    from Fargo, N.D.

    Trans Activist

    That as a trans leader, offering education and outreach for my community, I'm maybe not afraid to fight. Study Story
  • Alex

    from Wilmington, De.

    Lobbyist for a non-profit

    Like many transgender individuals, we became confused and depressed as my mind, life blood explained that I became male, but my body ended up being betraying me personally and didn't match how I felt. Read Story
  • Kyle

    from hill View, Calif.

    scholar

    If there is any advice i will tell people who have a trans loved one, it is this: Don't invalidate our feelings. Browse Story
  • Kimberly Reed

    from nyc

    Filmmaker

    Pretty soon audiences forget they have been hearing a trans tale and just hear a human story. Read Story
  • J Mase III

    Poet

    there clearly was this concept that being trans and you of color made my story less relatable with regards to wasn’t 'in season'. Read Story
  • Seamus Johnston

    from Pittsburgh

    I’ve had the privilege of meeting and hearing the tales of other transgender individuals like me and people who are part of non-western genders—like Indian hijra or Native American two-spirit or Samoan fa'afafine. Study Story
  • Scarlet Tatro

    I know that many times it looks like it will be easier simply to stop trying. And I also realize that it is selfish of me personally to inquire of this of you, but please stay here. Study Story
  • Rebecca Oppenheimer

    Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

    Perhaps the main beauty to be both a scientist and a human being is admitting that at times you can find facts that may not be disproven. Study tale
  • Michael Hughes

    Started the #WeJustNeedtoPee social networking campaign

    from the being because spot as a new individual feeling like I can not have the life span I wanted to possess. Browse tale
  • Gregory Abbink

    from Austin, TX

    Police officer

    i really believe any particular one of major reasons I became finally in a position to be truthful with myself ended up being comprehending that the Austin Police Department would help me. Browse tale
  • Tiq Milan

    My journey as a trans man has really been about me becoming a guy of my design. Read tale
  • Rhys Harper

    Photographer

    i knew that I was different. We never really had a name for this until I was a grown-up. Study tale
  • Lana Moore

    Firefighter

    whenever people step-up and individuals treat one another like human beings rather than some kind of scandal, things can go right and there can be a happy ending. Read Story
  • Jennifer Finney Boylan

    Author

    I think regarding the Paul Simon song often, one that goes, 'i really believe as time goes on we will suffer no more. Perhaps not in my own life time, in yours, i'm sure.' study Story
  • Christie

    from Seattle

    Photographer

    My issue ended up being whilst still being is the fact that explaining just what this means to be transgender can be painful to be transgender. Browse Story

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