What is your perspective on how others view you?
Due to the person that I have become, I carry myself with confidence, love and happiness. I believe that others do see these qualities in me. As a child, I was never the type to care about anyones perspective of me. Even as an adult, transgender male, I still do not care. I am me and my journey to become who I am today, I believe shows others that I am confident in myself, I love myself and I am HAPPY with who I am.
Tell us something that you experienced that either no one or very few people know about?
Very few people know that I am a transgendered male. I was born female and at the age of 30, I decided to fulfill my truth! I do not hide it, but due to me being “passable” I do not discuss that part of my life with many. Only my true close friends, family and significant other know about me. Well, I guess now more people will know about me being transgender. LOL! This was a journey that I was not sure how to conquer, but I did. I made me stronger and I am happier than I have ever been in life. I suffer from a lot being trans sometimes. Depression, is definitely something that a lot of people do not understand about me. Sometimes when people do not understand your life style and choices, it can impact you mentally. It doesn’t go away at all, but it does get better and I am proof of that!
Do you find it hard to share this experience with others? Why or why not?
I do not find it hard to share this experience with others because I am an open book, and I speak my Mind freely. If someone does not understand I am willing to educate them. Now, if it's based off of there ignorance of not wanting to know and just being nosey, then that is another situation in itself.
What steps have you taken to heal?
Honestly the steps that I take everyday, is facing reality. Not everyone is going to want to understand or care to understand in a genuine manner. So I learned to cope and distance myself from a lot of people and things that may bother me or distract me from living my TRUE IDENTITY.
Why is it important for you to share your story with others?
Although I am not an advocate for the transgender community, it is important for me to share my story so that others understand there is more to being transgender than just “looking the part”. It's not about ones genitals or sexual orientation. It is about a person being who they are and being comfortable. Everyone is human, and everyone deserves respect at the end of the day. Love is LOVE, although it may be hard to express; it’s there. Please stop reducing transgender individuals to what’s in between there legs and try to get to know the person before passing judgement.
What advice do you have today that you would give your past self?
Always be who your are. Face your truth and be happy.