By request. Azaj, 17, transgender girl, Oakland. "
"It is really different living as myself. I never thought that this would be happening. Before I felt like I was always trying to squeeze into jeans that were 6 sizes too small, but now it feels like am in jeans that were made just for me. I don’t feel uncomfortable. I am not always sad or overly upset. I am free. I now feel like I have a purpose. I no longer wake up hating myself or this world that does not understand me. I wake up with a smile, not because my life is so great, but because I love who I am.
"I am a lover. I want to spread love everywhere I go. I want people to see me and think of my struggles. I want to be the reason people fight to be who they are. I love myself and I know who I am at the moment. I feel like I have a reason to live. I know I will do great things and I want to be the person that girls like me look up too. I no longer feel like I can’t do things, it’s more like how am I going to get it done." Being transgender is not a choice, although we do choose to transition. Call us as we tell you, not as you see us." #trans #transkids #transgender #transisbeautiful #pride #pridemonth #lgbtq #nonbinary #ger #genderqueer