Tag: trans stories

Kel’s story: Exploring gender identity and expression

Kel’s story: Exploring gender identity and expression

How one agender person is learning to present their personal truth. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Like most 20-year-olds, Kel is on a journey of self-exploration. But there is one thing Kel is certain of: They do not want to be defined by gender. That’s why Kel uses […]

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Reid’s story: Speaking out for safe spaces

Reid’s story: Speaking out for safe spaces

This transgender teen is thriving in a nurturing school environment. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. When he was in 10th grade, Reid Ellefson-Frank realized he could no longer stay at the public school he attended. He had come out as transgender to his parents at the end of […]

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Sara’s story: Finding her place in the world

Sara’s story: Finding her place in the world

By expressing her authentic self, this transgender woman learned the meaning of true acceptance. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. For much of her life so far, Sara thought she had to change herself. But once she started living authentically, she realized that the people who matter most value […]

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Jayne’s story: Revealing the woman within

Jayne’s story: Revealing the woman within

Like every transgender person, she has her own unique worldview. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Jayne Locke is proof that no two transgender people are alike. That always has been — and always will be — true, but Locke defies many of the expectations people have about trans […]

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Hunter’s story: Flourishing in an affirming environment

Hunter’s story: Flourishing in an affirming environment

This transgender teen knows he has the kind of support every trans person should have. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. At age 17, Hunter Keith has more confidence and poise than some people twice his age. Maybe that’s because he already knows who he is, and he has […]

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Amanda’s story: Beyond the gender binary

Amanda’s story: Beyond the gender binary

This genderqueer person helps others better understand gender identity, including their own. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Ask yourself this question: What gender do you use to identify yourself? You may easily respond with “female” or “male.” But then ask yourself: What does that mean? Amanda Niven asked […]

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Bré’s story: Using her voice to empower others

Bré’s story: Using her voice to empower others

This transgender woman helps the community speak for themselves. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Bré Anne Campbell doesn’t want to see another trans woman of color murdered. It’s a sobering problem across the country, but especially in Detroit, where Michigan’s lack of anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people often […]

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Jay’s story: Falling in love with himself

Jay’s story: Falling in love with himself

Having embraced who he really is, this transgender man uses his voice to advocate for others. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Until he came out as transgender at age 25, Jay Maddock felt trapped. He felt like a fraud for not presenting his authentic self to the world […]

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Michelle’s story: Building a support system

Michelle’s story: Building a support system

This transgender woman’s advocacy helped her lifelong dream come true. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. When Michelle Fox-Phillips first realized she wanted to be a girl, she was only two or three years old. She and her male cousin were very close, like brothers, and one day they […]

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Becky’s story: Standing in the light

Becky’s story: Standing in the light

This transgender woman lived a double life for decades, but not anymore. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. To the rest of the world, it seemed like Becky Veal had a life anyone would want. She supported her wife and their three children, served in the U.S. Army, and […]

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Coleen’s story: Unconditional love and support

Coleen’s story: Unconditional love and support

As the mother of a transgender child, she is a fierce advocate for transgender rights. This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here. Every parent hopes for a happy, fulfilling future for their children. Maybe they dream about what career they might pursue, or what their wedding day will be like. […]

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