I attempted suicide, was depressed for a long time and tried shutting everyone else out. Something I thought I'd never find. But, my mom lost a daughter to gain a second son. Valerie Star from Weatherford, Tex. Being transgender has taught me the strength of self-awareness, how to practice patience, the power in forgiveness, how to embrace awkwardness and the importance of releasing shame. The Hollywood Reporter. Of course, it really helps by starting with these citizen legislators and making politics something that hits people on an everyday scale rather than something that happens over there in Washington DC.
Jessica Lynn from Santa Maria, Calif.
I do feel lucky in that my transition was really smooth. Are there things that one should just never ask you, or do you welcome natural curiosity about your situation? Christine Roy from Laguna Hills, Calif. Sometimes people step up and take big risks for social justice, but there are an infinite number of moments when you can help out in the small ways.
I know that all I want to do is to give people a voice that speaks louder than mine.