I absolutely believe in assimilation. I don't believe I'm any different from straight people. My wants and needs are the same as theirs. I don't look at sexual orientation as that big of a deal. It's just an orientation.
Parents have to understand: if your kid isn't you, don't blame the kid.
Deep down, my mom had long suspected I was gay... Much of her anger and hurt came from her sense of betrayal that she was the last to be told.
I thought, transgender people are much worse off than I am. That's why they're willing to risk everything to be who they are. But the older I got, the harder it got to stay in my body.
There's a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they're mismatched. That's all it is. It's not complicated, it's not a neurosis. It's a mix-up. It's a birth defect, like a cleft palate.
I had felt uncomfortable as a woman my whole life.
I've waited my whole life to be able to have body hair - but I never thought I'd have back hair. But what are you going to do, right?
Until I really accepted this about myself and got over any of my own transphobia that I had, I really felt like I wouldn't be accepted. I thought I would ruin my life.
What mom cares about most is that I'm happy, healthy and enjoying my life.
When I realised I was transgender I was so afraid of what my transition would do to everyone else in my life and how they would react to it and would I be rejected?
I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn't much feminine about me.
I've been an activist in the LGBT community for a long time. I think nothing's changed, I'm just a little bit more focused on the 'T' now than I was on the 'L' or the 'G.
A lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again; that's not the case in my family.
I feel really good, I feel like a man now, and I'm really happy.
Being self-supporting is important to me.