Age 17, Newport
The difference between girls and boys might seem obvious, but when I was younger, I didn’t see any difference between girls and boys, men and women. When I was a teenager I finally understood that though I was born a girl, I am actually male. Looking back, I remember I even had arguments in McDonald’s about having the boys’ toy from the Happy Meal, not the girls’!
Life was not made easy for me – from bullies at school, to society’s expectations. I knew that I had to transition to being male, but I didn’t know how to get there. I desperately sought help in drugs and in self-harming – but none of this helped me either. Everything made me feel worse because I wasn’t who I was born to be. Soon, though, I decided to transition, and I’ve never looked back.
I’ve since worked with Fixers to raise awareness about LGBT issues, and against homophobia and transphobia. I’ve started a really popular blog, posted hundreds of times, and was recently chosen to be a Young Person’s Champion for Pride Cymru. I even gave a speech in front of over 12,000 people! And now I’ve really topped it off by publishing a book about my experiences. I’ve come so far since the days of being bullied, and I’m proud to say I’m a man.